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Williams, Tennessee, A Streetcar Named Desire, New York, New Directions, 1947, 7th printing, 9 1/4" x 6 1/4", Hardcover, pictorial red/orange paper boards titled in b/w with illustrations (front/back) of male stick figure in black dancing with two female stick figures in white, in unclipped DJ of same design, VERY GOOD+ / VERY GOOD-. Chipping to spine head/foot. Wear to top/ bottom board edges, rear outer gutter starting, binding firm. DJ a bit soiled, creasing, two 1/2" x 1/8" loss to front top edge; spine lightly faded, 1/4" triang loss above title word "street".

166 pages, Front/rear covers and dust jacket designed by Alvin Lustig (1915-1955) American book designer, graphic designer and typographer, who produced numerous cover designs for publisher, New Directions.

The powerful drama by American playwright Tennessee Williams for which he received the Pulitzer Prize in 1948, opened on Broadway at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on December 3, 1947, and ran until December 17, 1949. The Broadway production was directed by Elia Kazan, starred Marlon Brando, Jessica Tandy, Kim Hunter, and Karl Malden and was the source for the 1951 film of the same name also starring Marlon Brando and Karl Malden.

From New Directions' recent issue of Design Genius in a Nutshell: Fifty of Lustig’s Greatest Book Jackets in One Box: "With his first book for New Directions, Alvin Lustig began a partnership that would revolutionize the art of book cover design. Between 1941 and 1952, Lustig produced one masterpiece after another — stylized, fragmented, some combining multiple photographs, others drawn by hand in glorious abstraction. Each cover displayed an artistic unity where even the book’s title and author became simply one integral part, joined together by Lustig’s unerring sense of composition and his exquisite sense of color. Gorgeous and radically original, these designs immediately caught the public eye and became an iconic part of New Directions’ history."

A quite respectable, solid copy of this classic, in Lustig's stunning covers and wrapper. (For best view, click once to open and then again to see detail and allow scrolling)    [Book ID # 2150]


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