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The Passionate Playgoer

New York: Viking, 1958

8vo, pp. 623. Original pale purple boards, lettered in dark purple to front panel and gilt on dark purple to spine. Top edge purple. Illustrated dustwrapper. Slight offsetting to endpapers, corners a little bumped, but a very good copy in a worn dustwrapper, front flap detached but present, and with some loss to spine ends.

First edition. DOROTHY PARKER'S COPY, INSCRIBED TO HER BY THE AUTHOR: 'To Dorothy with gratitude, love and hope that she will like being in here as much as I like having her in a book of mine. Always, George'.

George Oppenheimer [1900-1977] was a playwright, screenwriter -- and, in 1925, co-founder of Viking Press, the publishers of this book some thirty-three years later, a collection of pieces about theatre and theatre-going.

Oppenheimer's lifelong friend Dorothy Parker [1893-1967] was the basis for the character of Mary Hilliard in his play Here Today, staged in 1932, and here contributes two pieces: the short poem The Actress, first published in her collection Death and Taxes (1931), and her theatre review of The Jest, first published in Vanity Fair in 1919. ('When the latest attractions at the local playhouses were so consistently poisonous that one had just about decided to give up the whole thing and stay at home in the evenings to see if there was anything in family life -- then along came Mr. Arthur Hopkins and produced The Jest. And, once again, all's well with the world.')

Keywords: George OPPENHEIMER Dorothy PARKER"


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