Jacobowsky and the Colonel: Comedy of a Tragedy, in three acts
by Werfel, Franz (translated by Gustave O. Arlt)
New York: The Viking Press. Near Fine in Very Good dj. 1944. First American Edition. Hardcover. [minor shelfwear, light age-toning to edges of text block; jacket faded at spine, short closed tear and associated diagonal crease at bottom right corner of front panel, a couple of tiny edge-nicks here and there]. Play about "the magnificent and unforgettable Jacobowsky, waif of the world, [who] has spent his life running away -- from Poland, from Berlin, Vienna, and Prague -- sustained by his knowledge that whatever happens there are always two possibilities. And then there is his 'opposite,' the elegant, swashbuckling Colonel Stjerbinsky, hero and buffoon." The jacket blurb states explicitly that "the play here presented is Franz Werfel's original, as distinguished from the version now appearing on Broadway." (That version, an adaptation by S.N. Behrman, opened on Broadway in March of 1944, and subsequently served as the basis for the 1958 film ME AND THE COLONEL, starring Danny Kaye.) The original German title was "Jacobowsky und der Oberst." . (Inventory #: 22400)
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