STEINBECK, JOHN. 1902-1968.
Typed Document Signed twice ("John Steinbeck"), 10 pp, 4to, New York, June 11, 1963, being an agreement between Steinbeck and David Merrick regarding the stage adaptation of Viva, Zapata!, additionally signed and initialed throughout by Merrick, with 4 pp of corrections by Annie Laurie Williams' office and two additional pp of correspondence relating to the agreement, toning and thumbing to the contract, stapled at upper left.
Merrick, the Broadway impresario behind 42nd Street, Gypsy, and Oliver! was interested in mounting a musical adaptation of Viva, Zapata in the early 1960s. Here he options the rights to the property, but the proposed musical never materialized.