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All books are first printings of first editions or first American editions unless otherwise noted.
Indianapolis, Bobbs-Merrill, (1968). The galley sheets of this early play by Shepard, his first two-act play. Laid in are the galleys of Elizabeth Hardwick's introduction, dated 1967; Hardwick had reviewed the play for the New York Review of Books. At the time Shepard wrote La Turista, he was a member of the counterculture rock band The Holy Modal Rounders, which had a cameo appearance in the film Easy Rider. Shepard was nominated for an Academy Award for his role as test pilot Chuck Yeager in The Right Stuff; he won a Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979 for Buried Child, and he won eleven Obie awards and was nominated for two Tonys, for Buried Child and True West. He received the Gold Medal for Drama from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1992. Claspbound, printed on rectos only, front cover tanned and separating; rear cover has date and price and "DUPL NYPL." Front cover has the name of Paul Myers, curator of the Theatre Collection at the New York Public Library. Very good. A fragile and rare early state of this play by one of the most important playwrights of the latter half of the 20th century. The only copy of the proof we have seen. [#027093] $2,500
NY, New York Shakespeare Festival, 1977. Photocopied script, which reproduces holograph changes to the text; designated as "Version A/June 20, 1977." A play from the most productive period of Shepard's career as a playwright: he won the Pulitzer Prize in 1979 for Buried Child and his classic True West was written in 1981. Fine in a near fine binder, with one month's production/rehearsal schedule laid in. [#017586] $275
Indianapolis, Bobbs-Merrill, (1970). A review copy of this play in two acts, his third published book. Fine in a fine dust jacket, with the review slip laid in. Bobbs-Merrill library stamp to the top edge of text block. A beautiful copy, with review slip (giving publication date as September 30, 1970) and the stamp of the publisher's own library. [#027094] $250