Lustig, Alvin. Hard Cover. New York: New Directions, 1947. First Edition. Near Fine.
First edition, first printing. Publisher's lavender paper-covered boards designed by Alan Lustig, lettered in black and white with an abstract illustration of three figures dancing; in the original matching dust jacket. A near fine book with some wear and fading to spine ends and light toning to page edges, contemporary ownership inscription to front free endpaper; in a very good unclipped dust jacket with sunning to spine and some chips to corners, small closed tear to spine and front fold. Overall, a tight copy in a sturdy, bright binding. 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.