Steinbeck, John. 3 copies of William Saroyan's screenplay for The Wayward Bus, in custom clamshell box.
Lot 2295
STEINBECK, JOHN. 1902-1968. SAROYAN, WILLIAM. 3 Mimeographed Manuscripts, approx 477 pp, 4to, Beverly Hills, CA, July 31, 1953 to June 18, 1954, being 3 drafts of Saroyan's screenplay for The Wayward Bus,
US$ 1,200 - 1,800
£710 - 1,100
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STEINBECK, JOHN. 1902-1968.
SAROYAN, WILLIAM. 3 Mimeographed Manuscripts, approx 477 pp, 4to, Beverly Hills, CA, July 31, 1953 to June 18, 1954, being 3 drafts of Saroyan's screenplay for The Wayward Bus, 2 earliest drafts with penciled annotations in unknown hand, all three drafts bound by brads and housed in tan and brown "Charles K. Feldman Group Productions" wrappers, some toning, thumbing, tape remnants to interiors, covers with smudging and wear, housed together in custom clamshell box.

In 1952 Hollywood superagent turned producer Charlie Feldman bought the rights to Steinbeck's 1947 novel, The Wayward Bus, and hired playwright and novelist Saroyan to adapt it for the screen. Saroyan makes a valiant effort in these three drafts (aided by the reader's commentary at the end of the earlier drafts, no doubt), but in 1955 Feldman gave up and sold the film rights to Twentieth Century Fox, who hired Ivan Moffat to pen the script.
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