Lustig, Alvin. Hard Cover. New York: New Directions, 1947. 1st Edition. Very Good / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, ninth printing. Inscribed by Williams on the front free endpaper: "To Virginia Carr / from / Tennessee Williams". Publisher's red cloth, lettered in black; in red pictorial dust jacket designed by Alvin Lustig, with an illustration of a male stick figure dancing with two female stick figures, lettered in black and white. A bright copy, with minor wear to the spine ends, a hint of faint soiling to the fore edge, else fine; unclipped dust jacket, with some wear and rubbing to the extremities, rubbing to the hinges, some toning to the spine, a few light spots of minor soiling to the otherwise bright and fresh panels. A tight and attractive copy, inscribed with a warm association. Copies of this title are seldom inscribed by the author. This copy is inscribed to Virginia Spencer Carr, a professor of English at Georgia State University and biographer of American expatriate writers, including Paul Bowles and Carson McCullers. Carr's most notable work is her award-winning The Lonely Hunter: A Biography of Carson McCullers (1975), the standard McCullers biographical text. Tennessee Williams, a fellow Southern Gothic author and close friend of McCullers, wrote the introduction to this volume, adding both to its credibility and popularity. A Streetcar Named Desire is the Pulitzer Prize winning play about the mental breakdown of the charming, yet troubled Southern belle Blanche DuBois, who runs away from her past by traveling to visit her sister Stella on a streetcar named "Desire." Despite its shockingly gritty language and somewhat controversial subject matter, A Streetcar Named Desire was a critical and commercial success. The play was first produced on Broadway on December 3, 1947, at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. It was directed by Elia Kazan and starred Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter, Jessica Tandy, and Karl Malden. In 1951, A Streetcar Named Desire was adapted into a film, also directed by Kazan and starring Brando, Hunter, and Malden along with Vivien Leigh.