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Genet, Jean (Translated by Bernard Frechtman). THE SCREENS: A PLAY IN 17 SCENES. New York City, NY: Grove Press, 1962. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 201 pages. Very Good+/Very Good+. Price-clipped .

The author's most ambitious play. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited print run as hardcover original only. Set amid the Algerian War and with a cast of fifty, the play's complex structure and controversial subject matter ensured that it would be only occasionally produced even in France, and it had not yet been produced there at the time of the book's American publication. "Only a handful of 20th-century writers, such as Kafka and Proust, have as important, as authoritative, as irrevocable a voice and style" (Susan Sontag). Genet is one of very few great writers who also wrote great plays. Indeed, it is hard to think of any other major novelist or intellectual who has pulled off what Genet has with his ground-breaking works for the theatre. A "must-have" title for Jean Genet collectors. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for a very long time and is now collectible. This is one of few copies of the First English-language Edition still available online and is in very good condition overall. A very scarce copy thus. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A very good copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JEAN GENET TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). $20.00

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