New York: Random House, 1954. First edition. Hardcover. 122pp. Octavo [21 cm] Tan cloth-effect paper over boards, with titles and borders stamped in blue ink and gilt on the spine and front cover, and a photographically illustrated paper label mounted to the front cover. Frontispiece illustration recreating the production by Oliver Smith and the Playwrights' Company at the Playhouse Theatre in New York in 1953. Very good plus. The spine ends are gently bumped, and there is a previous owner's name on the top edge of the front free endpaper. The price-clipped dust jacket is in very good condition, with light soiling and darkening (more so at the jacket's spine and folds). The edges are just a little chipped, and there are two shallow closed tears in the top edge. Item #41844
Jane Bowles was the wife of Paul Bowles. Tennessee Williams referred to her as “the most important writer of prose fiction in modern American letters.” She wrote Two Serious Ladies, and had short stories which appeared in Harper's Bazaar and Town and Country. This is her first play.