"There must have been a moment, at the beginning, were we could have said -- no. But somehow we missed it": First American Edition of Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead; Inscribed by Tom Stoppard

  • Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead.

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead.


Item Number: 2870

New York: Grove Press, 1967.

First American edition of the playwright’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a fine near fine dust jacket with a small closed tear to the front panel. Inscribed and dated by the author.

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead is the fabulously inventive tale of Hamlet as told from the worm’s-eye view of the bewildered Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two minor characters in Shakespeare’s play. In Tom Stoppard’s best-known work, this Shakespearean Laurel and Hardy finally get a chance to take the lead role, but do so in a world where echoes of Waiting for Godot resound, where reality and illusion intermix, and where fate leads our two heroes to a tragic but inevitable end. "Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead [is] verbally dazzlingthe most exciting, witty intellectual treat imaginable." (Edith Oliver, The New Yorker).

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