First Edition of One of the Great American Plays, Signed by Edward Albee

    Edward Albee. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? New York: Atheneum, 1962.

    First edition. Signed by Albee on the title page and dated 2003. Octavo. 242 pages.

    Publisher's gilt- and blind-stamped black cloth; top edge stained red. Mustard endpapers. Front panel of dust jacket toned around edges; shallow crease and .75-inch repaired tear at bottom edge of front panel. Else, a fine copy of a classic American play.

    Edward Albee's best-known play opened in the fall of 1962 and was both critically acclaimed and harshly reviled for its then-shocking use of strong language and adult themes. The play was a critical smash and was selected as the winner of the 1963 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, but because of objections by members of the Pulitzer panel, the award was overruled, and no Pulitzer Prize for Drama was awarded that year. It did win several Tony Awards, including Best Play, and it also won the 1962-63 New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play. The film adaptation starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton was released in 1966 and was no less controversial. Like the Broadway production, it, too, was a huge commercial and critical success, garnering no less than thirteen major Academy Award nominations. One of the truly great plays of the twentieth century, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf catapulted Edward Albee from the ranks of the promising newcomer into the pantheon of great American dramatists.

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