The Angel That Troubled The Waters. Thornton Wilder.

The Angel That Troubled The Waters.

1928. New York: Coward McCann, 1928.

8vo, 149 pp. + colophon. Portait frontispiece photograph of Wilder by Doris Ulmann. Blue boards, backstrip lettered in silver, plain blue dustwrapper, wrapper split along upper hinge but preserved in mylar. Virtually as new.

§ First edition, copy number 19 of 775 signed by Wilder. When Wilder's publisher Boni rejected this title, "Wilder ended up sending his latest book, The Angel That Troubled the Waters and Other Plays, to Coward-McCann, a new Manhattan publisher. The first printing quickly sold out; over 10,000 copies were ultimately sold (twice as many copies as Wilder’s well-received first novel, The Cabala); several of the playlets were reprinted in such magazines as Harper’s and Theatre Arts; and The New York Times Book Review critic praised the book, noting that in these short exercises, “the author of The Bridge of San Luis Rey offers more than is apparent at first glance.” (Library of America). Item #110409

Price: $150.00

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