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    Inscribed to Montgomery Clift

    [Montgomery Clift]. Thornton Wilder. The Merchant of Yonkers. A Farce in Four Acts. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1939. First edition, association copy, inscribed by Wilder to Montgomery Clift on the half-title page: "Monty from Thornton / with all his / best / New York / June 1945." Octavo. [viii], 180, [4, blank] pages. Publisher's cloth, dust jacket. Jacket backed with stiff paper and affixed to binding at flaps. Jacket spine browned, panels toned with some soiling, wear to edges and joints, some browning to edges of binding. Still, a good copy with an excellent association.

    Montgomery Clift and Thornton Wilder were close friends, and Clift considered the older and more experienced Wilder to be a mentor on various topics, including: theater, his acting career, and even private life (both were homosexual, although there is no evidence they were lovers). The signature in this book, dated 1945, was done three years after Clift appeared in Wilder's final play, The Skin of Our Teeth. Directed by Elia Kazan and co-starring Tallulah Bankhead, The Skin of Our Teeth was a difficult and unhappy undertaking, but opened to critical and commercial success.

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