"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, First Issue of A Cat On A Hot Tin Roof; Signed by Tennessee Williams

  • Cat On A Hot Tin Roof.
  • Cat On A Hot Tin Roof.
  • Cat On A Hot Tin Roof.
  • Cat On A Hot Tin Roof.

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof.

$5,000.00

Item Number: 102375

New York: New Directions, 1955.

First edition, first issue of one of Williams’s best-known works and his personal favorite. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Tennessee Williams on the title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing to the extremities. Jacket design by Alvin Lustig. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable 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). It was the basis for the 1958 film, directed by Richard Brooks starring Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, and Burl Ives.

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