A View from the Bridge
“I had known the story of A View from the Bridge for a long time. A water-front worker who had known Eddie's prototype told it to me. I had never thought to make a play of it because it was too complete, there was nothing I could add. And then a time came when its very completeness became appealing. It suddenly seemed to me that I ought to deliver it onto the stage as fact; that interpretation was inherent in the very existence of the tale in the first place. I saw that the reason I had not written it was that as a whole its meaning escaped me. I could not fit it into myself. It existed apart from me and seemed not to express anything within me. Yet it refused to disappear..." -Arthur Miller
FIRST EDITION, SIGNED BY ARTHUR MILLER on front free endpaper, "Arthur Miller / Feb. 1958"
"Miller's drama about romance and revenge among Italian longshoremen premieres on Broadway as half of a double bill with A Memory of Two Mondays (1955). Miller would subsequently revise and expand the play, to be successfully presented off-Broadway in 1965 and revived on several occasions" (The Chronology of American Literature).
New York: Viking Press, 1955. Octavo, original cloth, original dust jacket. Book with faint owner signature to front pastedown; otherwise fine. Dust jacket very good with light wear at head of spine and small archival reinforcement toward base of spine. An excellent copy. RARE SIGNED.