"Look on every exit as being an entrance somewhere else": Rare First Edition of Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead; Signed by Tom Stoppard
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead.
Item Number: 41020
London: Faber & Faber, 1967.
First edition of the author’s masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a hint of toning to the spine. Signed by Tom Stoppard on the title page. With “Compliments of Tom Stoppard” slip laid in. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A superior example.
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead is the fabulously inventive tale of Hamlet as told from the worms-eye view of the bewildered Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two minor characters in Shakespeares play. In Tom Stoppards 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).