King, Alexander. Hard Cover. New York: Horace Liveright, 1930. First Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
Illustrated by Alexander King. First edition, limited to 775 numbered copies (this is number 624), signed by Eugene O'Neill. Publisher's black cloth with purple and maroon batik paper, spine lettered in gilt; blue handmade paper dust jacket with illustration of Anna by Alexander King to front panel, in black slipcase with blue paper label. Book fine; dust jacket spine toned and lightly rubbed, very minor rippling, in very good slipcase with wear to edges and light toning to paper label opposite the spine. Overall, a bright and near fine copy. Eugene O'Neill's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Anna Christie follows a woman at a pivotal juncture in her life. Anna reconciles with her estranged father, falls in love, and decides to leave her work of prostitution behind. O'Neill himself grew up on the fringes of society and often chose to elevate the stories of people he knew. It is speculated that the character of Anna is based on Christine Ell, a cook and anarchist who owned a restaurant in Greenwich Village. The play was a sensation and has continued to be performed on stage, most recently in 2011, starring Ruth Wilson and Jude Law; that production won the Olivier Award for Best Revival. This copy of the play is beautifully illustrated by Alexander King.