The Confidential Clerk.
A Play.London: Faber and Faber Ltd, 1954 Stock Code: 130104
NotesFirst edition, first impression, presentation copy to the French novelist and playwright Georges Duhamel, inscribed by the author a month after publication on the front free endpaper: "à Monsieur Georges Duhamel en hommage à l'ecrivain et l'homme de la part de T. S. Eliot 8.4.54". Duhamel had served as a surgeon during the First World War and his works are known for their depiction of human suffering and for their aversion to industrialisation. Eliot used a quotation by Duhamel to open his article "Reflections on vers libre", published in the New Statesman in 1917. The Confidential Clerk was first performed at the Edinburgh Festival in August 1953, and was published in March 1954. This copy is the first issue with "Ihad" uncorrected on page 7.
Octavo. Original blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt. With the dust jacket.
Spine lightly sunned, slight crease to rear pastedown, else a very good copy in the dust jacket, a few minor soiling marks, spine panel lightly sunned.
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