On Contemporary Literature
NY, Holt, 1917. Raphaelson's copy, signed by Raphaelson on the front flyleaf and with his bookplate on the front pastedown: both the signature and the bookplate use his early name "Sampson Raphaelson." Penciled marginal notes in text, presumably Raphaelson's. From the library of Pauline Kael, presumably via Dorshka Raphaelson. Kael wrote the introduction to a collection of three of Raphaelson's screenplays that was published the year he died, in which she wrote that "Raphaelson took the giddiest inspirations and then polished his dialogue until it had the gleam of appliqued butterfly wings on a Ziegfield girl's toque, but the skeletal strength of his screenplays was what made it possible for the ideas and the words to take flight." In 1977, Raphaelson received the Laurel Award for lifetime achievement in screenwriting from the Writers Guild of America. A good copy, lacking the dust jacket, with exceptional provenance, and from a time in his life preceding his first book and the shortening of his first name to its familiar spelling. [#031748] $350

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