"What is the victory of a cat on a hot tin roof?—I wish I knew... Just staying on it, I guess, as long as she can": First Edition of A Cat On A Hot Tin Roof; Signed by Tennessee Williams

  • Cat On A Hot Tin Roof.

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof.

Item Number: 3902

New York: New Directions, 1955.

First edition, first issue of one of Williams’s best-known works and his personal favorite. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Tennesse Williams on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing to the extremities. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare signed.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof first heated up Broadway in 1955 with its gothic American story of brothers vying for their dying father's inheritance amid a whirlwind of sexuality, untethered in the person of Maggie the Cat. The play also daringly showcased the burden of sexuality repressed in the agony of her husband, Brick Pollitt. In spite of the public controversy Cat stirred up, it was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the Drama Critics Circle Award for that year. "Tennessee Williams never wrote a more explosive play than Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" (Howard Kissel).