New York: Oxford University Press, 1987. First edition. Hardcover. Signed by the author on the title page. Theatrical anecdotes are almost as old as the theatre itself. For much of its 2500-year history, the stage has teemed with real characters and real stories as fascinating as any created by a dramatist. Ranging from the time of Tennessee Williams, this book is a motherlode of tales about backstage rivalries, thespian eccentricity, the parsimony of producers, and indignities suffered on tour. Tales of Judith Anderson, Florence Reed, Oscar Wilde, and we also learn of Shakespeare's wild oats and why Moliere's grave had to be dug an extra four feet deep. David Garrick, Sarah Bernhardt, Noel Coward, Donald Wolfit, Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud, Helen Hayes, and a cast of hundreds are present in these pages, along with directors, producers, critics, prompters, prop men, designers, and ghosts. 383 pages with index. A very good plus to near fine copy in a very good plus dust jacket. Item #14576
ISBN: 0195038185

Price: $75.00

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