New York: Dramatists Play Service. Near Fine. (c.1958). Unstated printing. Softcover. [minor external age-toning, vvery slight dog-earing to bottom right corner of front cover]. (B&W photo frontispiece, stage diagrams) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by co-author Lee on the front cover: "For Kitty -- / Gratefully -- / Robert E. Lee / 19 Feb. 70." The Pulitzer Prize-winning 1955 play that fixed in the public imagination the "meaning" of the Scopes Monkey Trial, as well as the more-or-less permanent pop-culture reputations of its all-star protagonists, Clarence Darrow ("Henry Drummond" in the play) and Willliam Jennings Bryan ("Matthew Harrison Brady"). Essayed in the original production by Paul Muni and Ed Begley respectively, they are more famously known through their vivid portrayals by Spencer Tracy and Fredric March in Stanley Kramer's 1960 film version. (It's been done on television several times since then, and has had a couple of major theatrical re-mountings as well.) Although the precise date of this particular printing is unstated, all the "New Plays" advertised on the rear cover are from the latter half of the 1950s, Signed by One Author . (Inventory #: 23828)
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