WILLIAMS, Tennessee. Sweet Bird of Youth. (FIRST EDITION - PRESENTATION COPY - 1959)

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TITLE: Sweet Bird of Youth. New York: New Directions, 1959.

DESCRIPTION: FIRST EDITION INSCRIBED. 1 vol., hardcover, with the DJ, not price clipped, inscribed by Tennessee on the front blank endleaf "for Lanford Love "Ariadne"", with Lanford Wilson's stamp to the upper left corner.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Ariadne is a character in Tennessee Williams' work - Adam and Eve on a Ferry.

Lanford Wilson's copy.  Lanford developed an interest in acting and performed in his high school plays, including the role of Tom in The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams which is when he said "was then I fell in love with theater".   Lanford said he remembers the first time he met Tennessee Williams in the early 1960's although he'd prefer not to.  In 1969, Lanford was hired for $5,000 to adapt Tennessee Williams' short story One Arm, about a male hustler, into a screenplay.  The day after he finished the screenplay, he was invited to a preview of Midnight Cowboy, and after seeing the film thought 'there went that idea down the drain'".  Lanford went on to write the Pulitzer Prize-winning play “The Rimers of Eldritch.”