The Birthday Party

London: Encore Publishing Co., (1959).

Price: $40,000.00

First edition. A trifle rubbed, still fine in wrappers. The uncommon true first edition of Pinter's first play. Inscribed by him to his first wife Vivien Merchant: "Dec. 59 To Vivien, Love D." The "D." is for David. Pinter, who was also an actor, used the stage name David Baron and almost all his early material inscribed to Merchant is signed thus. Neither this edition, nor the first trade edition published by Methuen in England contained a printed dedication. However, the first American edition, The Birthday Party & The Room: Two Plays, which was the first edition to contain a printed dedication, was dedicated to Merchant. Thus, to our lights, this could with fairness be considered the dedication copy of the Nobel laureate's first book -- it is certainly as close to one as could otherwise exist. An exceptional association copy of a very uncommon book. Housed in custom full cloth clamshell box.

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The Birthday Party. Harold PINTER.
The Birthday Party
The Birthday Party
The Birthday Party

Harold Pinter
birth name: Harold Pinter
born: 10/10/1930
died: 12/24/2008
nationality: Great Britain

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Biography

English playwright who achieved international renown as one of the most complex and challenging post-World War II dramatists. His plays are noted for their use of understatement, small talk, and reticence--even silence--to convey the substance of a character's thought. - Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature
He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2005.more