Mister Roberts: A Play

New York: Random House, 1948. First Edition. Glass rings on front cover, very good in a chipped dust jacket. Presentation copy, very warmly inscribed by Heggen, “For Nancy, because you are such a wonderful girl, and because I love you dearly. Tom. May 24, 1948.” Inscribed copies are truly rare; the author committed suicide shortly afterwards. The successful play starred Henry Fonda in the title role, which he repeated seven years later in the John Ford - Mervyn LeRoy film. Contemporary war films are, perhaps justifiably, bloody and cynical, but this play and the subsequent film were produced just after this country saved the world from the greatest evil threat it had known. This play, along with its close relative, Stalag 17, shared robust democratic values, camaraderie, and a typical American disdain for tyranny, domestic and foreign. If it seems a little romantic and even innocent today it is because there was great pride in victory and optimism for the future. If most of the characters today seem too good, it’s because they were good; revisionist history aside, this was good vs. evil, and the good guys won.

[Book #35114P]

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