Razzle-Dazzle; or The Human Ballet, Opera and Circus, or There's Something I Got to Tell You; Being Many Kinds of Short Plays as Well As The Story of the Writing of Them
by Saroyan, William
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company. Very Good+ in Very Good dj. (c.1942). First Edition. Hardcover. (price-clipped) [light shelfwear, age-toning to edges of text block, one-time owner's signature on ffep; jacket is unevenly sun-browned (with notable darkening/fading to spine), with a couple of tiny edge-tears, one slightly ragged 1.25-inch tear at upper front hinge, minor paper loss at spine extremities]. An amalgamation of 17 theatre pieces of varying lengths (mostly of the one-act variety, although a couple of them are roughly 50 pages in length and divided into scenes), each of which is accompanied by a brief introductory essay in which Saroyan expounds upon the circumstances of its creation, discusses the ideas underlying it, tells some anecdote, or just generally rambles on. (Some of these are almost as long as the pieces they introduce, and I daresay some of them are more entertaining, too.) And Saroyan, being given as always to exuberant excess, has included both an Introduction and a Preface. The most notable title in the collection is probably "Hello Out There," which was adapted as a short film in 1949 which has the distinction of being the last thing directed by James Whale. . (Inventory #: 23550)
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