"But he’s a human being, and a terrible thing is happening to him. So attention must be paid": Rare Publisher’s Copy of Death Of A Salesman; Signed by Arthur Miller

  • Death Of A Salesman.

Death Of A Salesman.

$4,800.00

Item Number: 4397

New York: The Viking Press, 1949.

Rare pre-publication of the first edition of the first play to win all three major drama awards upon its opening in 1949: the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, the Tony Award, and the Pulitzer Prize. Octavo, original wrappers, with the original slipcase, uncased publisher’s copy with sewn signatures, pictorial endpapers. Signed by Arthur Miller in a contemporary signature. Housed in publisher’s cloth slipcase. We have been unable to find a comparable example, most likely one a few copies published before the last transit stage from manuscript to book. In near fine condition. A rare example of one of the highspots of twentieth century literature.

When Death Of A Salesman premiered in 1949, it was an instant success and secured Arthur Miller's place as one of the great American playwrights of the 20th century. It was the recipient of the 1949 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play. The play premiered on Broadway in February 1949, running for 742 performances, and has been revived on Broadway four times, winning three Tony Awards for Best Revival.

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