1962. New York: Atheneum, 1962.
8vo, (12) 242, (2)pp. Original printed wrappers.
§ First edition, paperback issue. Inscribed by Albee: “For Ralph L. Abel [?] Edward Albee 1983.” Albee (1928-2016) was the adopted son of a wealthy well-connected theatre family: “the Keith-Albee organization had played a dominant role in the American theater since the 19th century, from the days of vaudeville and the great touring companies and into the era of motion pictures, when the chain merged with two other companies to become Radio-Keith-Orpheum, the parent company of the RKO motion picture studio” (Academy of Achievement). Deeply troubled, he broke with his family at 20 (after being expelled from two private schools and dropping out of college) and moved to Greenwich Village, living off an inheritance from his grandmother. “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” was his first and greatest success though it was derided as “not wholesome” when first produced. Item #110627