The Iceman Cometh

New York: Random House, 1946. Second printing. Very good in a split dust jacket with numerous small chips and tears. Presentation copy; inscribed by the Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winning author in 1950. This play, written in 1939, was not performed until October, 1946. After 1944, O'Neill suffered from a degenerative neurological disease similar to Parkinson's, leaving him incapable of work. Inscribed copies of Iceman are very scarce. His declining health frustrated any desire he retained to continue writing. His last years were spent secluded in a hotel in Boston (now a Boston University dormitory, at that time the first Sheraton). At his death bed and funeral, he was attended by only three people: his wife, his doctor, and his nurse. Three years after his death, in 1956, the play enjoyed a successful, defining revival with Jason Robards, more recently seeing exceptionally successful productions with Kevin Spacey, Brian Dennehy and Nathan Lane, securing the play’s stature as a theatrical standard. Its title is nearly always preceded by the adjective “classic.”.

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Price: $1,350.00

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