Typescript, The Poker Night (A Streetcar Named Desire). Tennessee Williams.

Typescript, The Poker Night (A Streetcar Named Desire)

1947. Wrappers. Typed carbon manuscript. The earliest complete version of A Streetcar Named Desire. 4to. (2), 130, (1)pp. Brad bound, in the Liebling–Wood folder of Williams’ agent, Audrey Wood, a little used, but very good. Begun in 1945, shaped in 1946 during a stay in New Orleans, finished in Key West, early in 1947, and sent to Wood, who hated the title. Williams changed it in May prior to production (it opened Dec. 1947). This first version has several distinct differences (beyond the title) from the finished play. One of note being a doctor’s sedation of Blanchin the last scene, and therefore the omission of her famous final line (“Whoever you are–I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.”). The debut curtain fell on a 30–minute standing ovation, the play won the 1948 Pulitzer for drama and changed theater forever, and the 1951 film received 12 Oscar nominations. Rare. Only 4 other typescripts (none in private hands), of A Streetcar Named Desire, survive in this earliest form, still titled The Poker Night. Very good. Item #249

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