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The Norseman: A Drama in Four Acts, Curtis, Elizabeth Alden Curtis
1 Curtis, Elizabeth Alden CurtisThe Norseman: A Drama in Four Acts
Portland, ME Mosher Press 1912 Limited Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ 5.75" x 7.75" Signed by Author
Blue papered boards, white paper label with red and black titling affixed to spine and upper front corner; cover label also has a decorative design. 96 rough-cut pages, blank pages at front and rear still attached at top. "Three hundred copies of this book printed on Van Gelder hand-made paper and the type distributed in the month of March MDCCCCXII." In quite nice condition, minor age soiling, hinges intact, small tears at head of spine, interior pages clean and unmarked, no foxing. ~~ This dramatic work is based on a passage in the Frithiof Saga (circa 1300), one of the Norse Legendary sagas which depict events that took place in the 8th century, before the colonization of Iceland. The Frithiof Saga tells the story of Frithiof and Ingeborg the Fair, daughter of King Bele, and of the obstacles facing Frithiof as he tried to win her hand in marriage. Though the saga takes place in Norway, Curtis chose to set her play in Iceland. This saga also follows the form of the Poetic Edda, and Curtis provides instruction on the proper use of recitative music in order to emphasize, and not interfere with, the dialogue. ~~ This copy is inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "Ever Sincerely yours, Elizabeth Curtis Brenton - April 1912." At the time publication, Curtis (writer, translator, poet) was married to Rev. Cranston Brenton, which explains her signature in the inscription. Interesting (and horribly), shortly after this play appeared, Curtis's life took an ugly turn. Involuntarily institutionalized in an insane asylum by her husband with the help of two physicians, she was forced to sign a document admitting infidelity to secure her release, which her husband then used to obtain a divorce. Curtis became remarried to Frederick Ernest Holman, and filed suit against her husband, winning the case in 1914. It is thus interesting to note that so soon before her institutionalization, she employs her husband's last name in her signature, even though his last name is not included in her authorial name. This is a very nice copy of this uncommon piece of theater, even scarcer with an inscription. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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The Plays of Strindberg, Volume I, Strindberg, August
2 Strindberg, AugustThe Plays of Strindberg, Volume I
New York Modern Library 1966 First Modern Library Edition Hard Cover Fine Very Good+ 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall 
"First Modern Library Edition, September 1966" stated on copyright page. Modern Library No. 369. Introduced, and translated from the Swedish, by Michael Meyer. Green cloth with Toledano 11 spine. Brown endpapers with ML decoration. 468 pages + 1 page with playwright/translator information + 10-page list of Modern Library titles. ~ Book is in fine condition, clean, straight, no fraying or rubbing, with a mere hint of browning at head of spine. Interior paging clean and unmarked. Dust jacket is quite nice, with light age-browning along top edges of flap folds and front vertical flap fold, and minor rubbing mainly at head/tail of spine. Price-clipped, but with part of the "ML" still showing. Now protected in a clear archival cover. ~~ Strindberg, the "father" of modern Swedish literature, wrote prolifically during his four-decade career and, in addition to his fiction and poetry, produced more than 60 plays. This anthology contains a selection of eight plays which represent different periods and influences of his career, eg. Naturalism, Expressionism, psychological/occultism ("Inferno" period), and various dramatic styles he used, such as short drama, comedy, historical drama, and chamber plays. Plays included: The Father ; Miss Julie (includig the notable author's preface) ; Creditors ; The Stronger ; Playing With Fire ; Erik the Fourteenth ; Storm ; The Ghost Sonata. Each play is prefaced by a several-page Introduction by Michael Meyer, a noted Strindberg authority. At the back of the book there is a chronology of Strindberg's plays. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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