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The Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley

WEST, NATHANAEL, S.J. PERELMAN, PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY From the library of author Nathanael West, signed by him ÒNathanael von Wallenstein WeinsteinÓ with his bookplate designed by his then future brother in law S.J. Perelman, while they were students together at Brown University. The bookplate shows a bearded man with tears flowing down his cheeks as he embraces a donkeyÕs head, with a banner at the top with WestÕs birth name, reading ÒNath: v. Wallenstein WeinsteinÓ and another at the bottom, ÒLiebÕ ich wass andere lieben?Ó with translates to ÒDo I love what others love?Ó A very good copy, bound in full light brown leather with decorative and title gilt-stamping to the front board and spine, with some repair by an expert conservationist. Thin 2Ó split to the front hinge, a bit of darkening to the spine, and some wear to the spine folds and edges. West is the author of the classic age-defining novels ÔA Cool Million,Õ ÔThe Day of the LocustÕ and ÔMiss Lonelyhearts.Õ Sidney Joseph Perelman, popularly known as S. J. Perelman (1904 Ð 1979), was one of the most widely read literary icons of the Golden Age of American Humor. His New Yorker pieces, fiction, and collected essays are legendary for their biting wit and mastery of caricature and language. He was the brother-in-law of the writer Nathanael West with whom he shared a close relationship up until WestÕs death in a car accident in 1940 at age thirty-seven, and whose memory and literary reputation he devoted himself to maintaining. Enclosed in a handsome custom full dark blue cloth clamshell box with gilt-stamped leather label to the spine.
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Original CAA Copy of the Script Titled Three Thousand by Jonathan Lawton Which Was Adapted Into the Film Pretty Woman

PRETTY WOMAN - THE FILM Original Creative Artists Agency copy of the script titled Three Thousand by J.F. Lawton which was subsequently adapted into the 1990 film Pretty Woman starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. This copy was made when Vestron Pictures was trying to cast the picture. Bradbound in printed CAA covers. About fine copy with a bit of handling to the covers. From a 2015 article in Vanity Fair magazine by Kate Erbland titled ÒThe True Story of Pretty WomanÕs Original Dark EndingÓ we learn that the screenwriter J.F. Lawton had initially crafted a Ògritty drama, originally called 3,000Ó which Òwas turned into the uber-rom-com Pretty WomanÓ. Erbland goes on to write, ÒLawtonÕs original script still contains many of the classic beats and scenes that people remember from the final film, including a trip to the opera, a series of bad shopping experiences, and that fancy dinner with the kind-hearted businessman whose company he [GereÕs character, Edward] is trying to raid. The characters are mostly the same.But the tone and ending are completely different, and itÕs mostly a relief when Vivian and Edward donÕt end up together, even though the story ends on a decidedly down note. 3,000 ends with Kit [VivianÕs best friend] and Vivian on a bus bound for Disneyland.Ó This script offers fans of Pretty Woman a glimpse into the often circuitous route film development can take.
  • $2,500
  • $2,500