Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1981. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's grey cloth over maroon cloth, upper board blindstamped, spine stamped in maroon, grey endpapers, original pictorially illustrated dust jacket.
"If the text is worth its salt, it will survive being 'visualized.' If it meets its match, then word and image will marry, as has happened with Dickens, and enhance each other. If image does 'drown' the text, then the latter was never going to survive, anyway" (from the foreword). First US edition of British dramatist Harold Pinter's screenplay adaptation of innovative English author John Fowles's 1969 novel of the same name. Although the narrative developed out of an oneiric vision—"The image rose in my mind one morning when I was still in bed half asleep," in the words of Fowles—the novel was deemed "unfilmable" by many critics due to its metafictional approach and panoply of potential endings. Fowles was convinced Pinter was the only playwright who would be able to overcome these aspects of his novel, claiming he had the gift for "reducing the long and complex without distortion." After Pinter was persuaded by both Fowles and director Karel Reisz—it only took 11 years—film production began in 1980 with Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons in their earliest leading roles. Early owner notes (a list of characters) in ink to rear endpaper. Some foxing to top edge of textblock; unc;ipped dust jacket with light edgewear. Very good. Item #2693