Inscribed by W. Somerset Maugham

    W. Somerset Maugham. Jack Straw: A Farce in Three Acts. London: Heinemann, 1912.

    First edition. Inscribed on the title page to noted book collector Norman Unger: "For / Norman Unger / W. Somerset Maugham." Octavo. 156 pages.

    Publisher's red buckram with black stamping. Very lightly foxed on endpapers. A near fine copy.

    Jack Straw
    was one of four plays Maugham had running simultaneously in London during the 1908 theatre season. His popularity at the time was overwhelming, and his name was impossible to avoid, appearing as it did everywhere, from newspapers and magazines to billboards and buses. "Have you seen Somerset Maugham's quartet?" was the question of the season. Punch lampooned Maugham's tremendous and ubiquitous popularity in a Bernard Partridge cartoon in which Shakespeare is shown worriedly biting his nails in front of advertisements for Maugham's four plays.

    Stott A13. Morgan, p. 144. From the Collection of Norman F. Moore.

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