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    Perhaps the Rarest Book by Tennessee Williams, One of 100 Copies Signed by Him

    Tennessee Williams. The Kingdom of Earth with Hard Candy. A Book of Stories. [New York]: New Directions, [1954]. First edition, one of only 100 copies signed by Williams, this being copy number 49. Quarto. 242 pages. With signed limitation/title-page inserted at front. Publisher's brown cloth backstrip over patterned paper boards, spine lettered in gilt, publisher's slipcase. Spine a bit sunned, small bookplate on rear pastedown, minor wear to slipcase. A fine copy of this rarity.

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    At the time of publication, New Directions feared that the story, The Kingdom of Earth (which had homoerotic overtones) would be considered obscene, and wanted to omit it from this collection. Williams insisted that it be included and the two finally compromised: a private, limited edition of 100 signed copies for the author's use would be published, but the trade edition wouldn't have The Kingdom of Earth. However, most of the 100 signed copies were later destroyed, making this book incredibly rare.

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