“I have always depended on the kindness of strangers”: First Edition of A Streetcar Named Desire; Signed by Tennessee Williams; Jessica Tandy and Kim Hunter
A Streetcar Named Desire.
Item Number: 60045
New York: New Directions, 1947.
First edition of Williams’ classic play, which won Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1948. Octavo, original illustrated boards. Signed by Tennessee Williams on the front free endpaper. Additionally signed by Jessica Tandy and Kim Hunter on the cast list page. Tandy also included a note, which reads, “Tennessee Williams changed my professional life-I owe him a great debt. Jessica Tandy.” Light rubbing, near fine in an excellent dust jacket with a few closed tears and some wear to the extremities. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable, signed by Williams, Tandy and Hunter.
A Streetcar Named Desire received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1948. The play opened on Broadway on December 3, 1947, and closed on December 17, 1949, in the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. The Broadway production was directed by Elia Kazan and starred Marlon Brando, Jessica Tandy, Kim Hunter, and Karl Malden. The London production opened in 1949 with Bonar Colleano, Vivien Leigh, and Renee Asherson and was directed by Laurence Olivier. “No one dared approach this new thing without caution. They had just witnessed something unprecedented on the stage, a high-pitched, jagged, alarming—and comical!—drama structure” (Sam Staggs). It is often regarded among the finest of American plays of the 20th century.