First Edition of The French Lieutenant's Woman; Signed by John Fowles and Screenwriter Harold Pinter
The French Lieutenant’s Woman.
Item Number: 91873
London: Jonathan Cape, 1969.
First edition of the Fowles’ third novel. Octavo, original brown cloth, pictorial endpapers. Signed by both John Fowles and Harold Pinter on the title page. Pinter wrote the screenplay for the 1981 film bearing the same name. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. An excellent near fine example in a very good dust jacket with light rubbing. Endpaper drawing by Tom Adams. Rare and desirable signed by both Fowles and Pinter.
Possibly the most beloved of Fowles's internationally bestselling works, The French Lieutenant's Woman is a feat of seductive storytelling that effectively invents anew the Victorian novel. "Filled with enchanting mysteries and magically erotic possibilities" (New York Times). It was the basis for the 1981 British romantic drama film directed by Karel Reisz, produced by Leon Clore, and adapted by playwright Harold Pinter. The music score is by Carl Davis and the cinematography by Freddie Francis. The film stars Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons. Other featured actors include Hilton McRae, Peter Vaughan, Colin Jeavons, Liz Smith, Patience Collier, Richard Griffiths, David Warner, Alun Armstrong, Penelope Wilton, and Leo McKern. It is universally regarded as a modern classic.