WILLIAMS, TENNESSEE. 1911-1983. Typed Manuscript, with holograph annotations, signed and dated ("Tennessee Williams / Key West, 1971"), being a draft for an unused preface to In the Winter of Cities,

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WILLIAMS, TENNESSEE. 1911-1983.
Typed Manuscript, with holograph annotations, signed and dated ("Tennessee Williams / Key West, 1971"), being a draft for an unused preface to In the Winter of Cities,

US$ 800 - 1,200
£ 650 - 970
WILLIAMS, TENNESSEE. 1911-1983.
Typed Manuscript, with holograph annotations, signed and dated ("Tennessee Williams / Key West, 1971"), being a draft for an unused preface to In the Winter of Cities, 1 p, dated in type, "New York, May, 1955," center fold.
WITH: In the Winter of Cities. [New York]: New Directions, (1956).
8vo. Publisher's white paper boards, spine lettered in gilt, publisher's slipcase, with printed label to upper panel, minor spotting to boards, some foxing to endpapers.

ORIGINAL TYPED MANUSCRIPT WITH HOLOGRAPH EMENDATIONS a draft of an unpublished preface for In the Winter of Cities, Williams's first solo collection of poems. Williams begins by referencing a perceived insult from Oscar Williams upon the publication of Five Young American Poets (where some of these poems first appeared), that it is conceited to think he could work well in both poetry and the stage. He continues to describe his subsequent realization of its wisdom, citing the technical demands of the poetic form, acknowledging the limitations of his verse, "To succeed, truly, in any branch of the arts, you must dedicate yourself to it with your whole heart being." A different version exists at the Ransom Center. With the FIRST EDITION, SIGNED ISSUE, number 100 of 100 copies, INSCRIBED BY WILLIAMS for "Chase" to the title page and SIGNED AND DATED "Key West, 1971" to the endpaper with a snippet from the then unpublished poem "Wolf's Hour," "not with the curved remembrance of the hand...." Note that the slipcase is numbered "5" in an apparent publisher's (or more likely Williams himself) mixup; copy number "5" sold in 2015 with a slipcase numbered "100."

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WILLIAMS, TENNESSEE. 1911-1983. Typed Manuscript, with holograph annotations, signed and dated ("Tennessee Williams / Key West, 1971"), being a draft for an unused preface to In the Winter of Cities,
WILLIAMS, TENNESSEE. 1911-1983. Typed Manuscript, with holograph annotations, signed and dated ("Tennessee Williams / Key West, 1971"), being a draft for an unused preface to In the Winter of Cities,
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