The Archbishop's Ceiling. Arthur Miller.
The Archbishop's Ceiling
The Archbishop's Ceiling
The Archbishop's Ceiling
The Archbishop's Ceiling
The Archbishop's Ceiling

The Archbishop's Ceiling

ISBN: 0413558703
London, England: Methuen London Ltd., 1984. First British Edition. Hardcover. Inscribed & signed by Arthur Miller. "The setting is a room of a former Archbishop's palace in an East European capital- a room which is probably bugged by the secret police. The central character is a 50-year-old author, Sigmund, who, having embarrassed the current regime, is faced with the opportunity of defecting to the West. He is encouraged by two of his former friends, also writers- his compatriot Marcus, an ex-political prisoner now in favour with the regime, and Adrian, a visiting American with typically liberal ideals. The issue is complicated by Maya, poet and actress, who has been the mistress in turn of all three." (from preface) A play by Arthur Miller (1915-2005), among the most venerated playwrights in the history of American theatre. First published & performed in the USA in 1977, this is the first British edition, hardcover in unclipped dust jacket published simultaneously with a softcover edition during 1984. With an afterword by Christopher Bigsby, the British literary scholar & novelist; & extensive list of publisher's other play scripts. With dust jacket front cover reproduction of the illustration "Drawing Hands" (1948) by M.C. Escher. On the title page, Miller has hand-written, signed & dated in the year of publication: "To Bob-/ With best wishes-/ (signed) Arthur Miller/ August, 1984." An important Cold-War era relic with broad continuous relevance & insight; a most desirable collectible in the great Miller canon. Book in very fine condition with only a touch of wear at edges & corners of front, back covers & spine; otherwise substantially mint inside & out. Dust jacket very fine with only very slight wear & a few tiny bumps at edges & corners of front, back covers, spine & flaps. Very Fine / Very Fine. [Item #4005]

Price: $100.00