Mourning Becomes Electra. A Trilogy.

Mourning Becomes Electra. A Trilogy.
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New York: Horace Liveright, Inc., 1931. Roy. 8vo, [1]-256, [16 “Working Notes”] pp., title-page printed in black and orange. Original white vellum over bevelled boards, gilt stamped facsimile of the author’s signature to the upper board, backstrip ruled in gilt, with gilt lettered black morocco label, edges uncut, deckled, with folded sheets of facsimiles of the author's handwritten sheets, tucked into pocket of rear pastedown. Signed by the author and most of the original cast from the Guild Theatre. Other than a hint of shelf-wear to the vellum, a beautiful copy. Edition de luxe limited to 550 copies, this being number 72. This copy has the signatures of the author, and 33 members of the crew and original cast from the first stage production at the Guild Theatre in 1931, collected (for O’Neill perhaps?) by the actress and legendary lesbian Nazimova with her note at the front. A contemporary review by J. Brooks Atkinson on the opening, “Using a Greek legend as his model, he has reared up a universal tragedy of tremendous stature -- deep, dark, solid, uncompromising and grim. It is heroically thought out and magnificently wrought in style and structure, and it is played by Alice Brady and Mme. Nazimova with consummate artistry and passion.” Nazimova had an extraordinary career in Hollywood and is credited with inventing the phrase “sewing circle” for covert lesbian meetings. (Item Id: 108675)

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