11 October 2002
ALBEE, Edward (b.1928). Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? New York: Atheneum, 1962.
8o. Original black cloth, gilt-lettered on spine, author's name in blind on front cover; pictorial dust jacket. Provenance: Herb Yellin (presentation inscription).
FIRST EDITION of Albee's landmark play. PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY ALBEE TO HERB YELLIN on the half-title: "This copy inscribed for Herb Yellin by Edward Albee." THIS COPY ADDITIONALLY SIGNED BY THE ENTIRE CAST of the original production at the Billy Rose Theatre in New York on October 13, 1962. They sign next to their names on the cast list: "For my Leekerli-Omi Christmas 1962 your daughter Uta" (Uta Hagen, who played "Martha"); "Arthur Hill" ("George"); "George Grizzard" ("Nick"); and "Melinda Dillon" ("Honey"). Herb Yellin was a California book collector and was proprietor of The Lord John Press from the 1970s to the mid-80s.
When the Pulitzer Prize committee denied Albee recognition for Who's Afraid of Virgia Woolf?, the two theater advisors resigned in protest. Popular and critical success was bestowed on Albee, however, with the play winning two Tonys and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. The film adaptation, directed by Mike Nichols and starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, won five Academy Awards.
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