Operation Sidewinder: A Play in Two Acts

Operation Sidewinder: A Play in Two Acts

Indianapolis, IN & New York, NY: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, Inc., 1970. First Edition. Hardcover. "An "adventure story and satire," this political allegory points up the dehumanizing effects of American technology. The play revolves around a sophisticated Air Force computer in the form of a huge snake, which escapes into the American desert. The snake-computer becomes the focus of a multitude of forces- a black militant plot, Indian religious ceremonies, the military mentality, flying saucers- while it pursues its own goals." (front flap) An early work by Sam Shepard (1943 - 2017), the acclaimed, award-winning actor & playwright. As noted, this play "...was first produced on March 12, 1970, at the Repertory Theater of Lincoln Center/ Vivian Beaumont Theater, New York City..." First hardcover edition, presumed first printing. A desirable Shepard rarity. Book in very fine condition with only the slightest fading-discoloration of gray cloth at thin edges of front, back cover & spine; mild spotting at upper edge of text block. Interior very fine with former owner's embossed seal mainly on blank area near lower right corner of title page leaf, with decreasing echoes through blank short title & front endpaper page leaves; otherwise virtually pristine. Dust jacket in fine condition with only light rubbing, spotting & browning esp. at edges of front, back covers, spine & flaps; light wear & faint, short creasing at edges & corners of same. Very Fine / Fine. [Item #3113]

Price: $30.00

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