New York: Viking Press, 1981. First Thus. Original publisher's cloth binding, housed in the original cloth slipcase. Top edge gilt. Pictorial endpapers depicting a performance of the play. Author's signature in ink on the half title.
Arthur Miller’s 1949 play – one of the towering classics of the American stage. “Death of a Salesman” follows the trials of Willy Loman, the quintessential American tragic hero. The original production was directed by Elia Kazan, starred Lee J. Cobb, and ran for 742 performances. The role of Loman has also been played by such luminaries as George C. Scott, Brian Dennehy, and Philip Seymour Hoffman. The play would win a Tony Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and the New York Drama Circle Critics’ Award, becoming the first play to win all three prizes. It would also be adapted into a 1951 film, directed by Stanley Roberts -- Fredric March would be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor. “Arthur Miller has written a superb drama. From every point of view "Death of a Salesman," which was acted at the Morosco last evening, is a rich and memorable drama. It is so simple in style and so inevitable in theme that it scarcely seems like a thing that has been written and acted.” (Brooks Atkinson in a Contemporary New York Times review) Fine in Fine dust jacket. (Item #2651)