Camino Real. Tennessee Williams.

Camino Real

Norfolk, Connecticut: New Directions, 1953. 3rd Printing. Octavo, publisher's buckram cloth, spine stamped in black, original dust jacket.

"I still don't agree that it needs any explanation. Some poet has said that a poem should not mean but be. Of course, a play is not a poem, not even a poetic play has quite the same license as a poem. But to go to Camino Real with the inflexible demands of a logician is unfair to both parties" (from Tennessee Williams's prologue). Revised edition of what some argue to be Williams's most experimental play, Camino Real, which originally opened on Broadway in 1953 for a short 60 performance run. After its lack of success on Broadway, Williams continued work on the play in Houston while directing Donald Windham's Starless Night and expanded it to 16 scenes (or "blocks"), added three characters and a prologue. It is set in a nameless Latin American plaza in a parallel world, with a cast of famous literary characters including Marguerite Gautier (The Lady of the Camellias), Esmeralda (The Hunchback of Notre Dame), Lord Byron and Don Quixote. Dust jacket by Alvin Lustig and book design by Stefan Salter. Stated third printing. Corners bumped, rubbing to edges and staining to cloth. Chipping with moderate loss to edges of dust jacket with tape repair and slight dampstaining to verso, unclipped with $3.00 price present. Good. Item #2258


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