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SOLD - Vintage book The West Side Waltz, a play by Ernest Thompson, special 1982 Book Club Edition with intro by actress Katherine Hepburn

SOLD - Vintage book The West Side Waltz, a play by Ernest Thompson, special 1982 Book Club Edition with intro by actress Katherine Hepburn

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NOTE: This book has been sold but I keep it up so someone interested can find it (like you!) so that I can know to look for it specifically for them. Of course it won't be the same book but I am good at and love the hunt for books, and can likely find you another copy of that same edition or another beautiful edition of the same book. :) Don't ever hesitate to contact me on sold listings, that's why they are here!

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There is no other book like this one.

This one's for my theatre people! :)

This play isn't well known, so I'm thinking this will appeal to anyone who is interested in plays/drama/theater, and anyone interested in Katherine Hepburn (read: me. so much. she was such an amazingly powerful woman in the entertainment industry. wish i could be as cool as she was). It only ran for 126 shows, but the lovely Katherine was nominated for a Tony as best actress for this role, to give you an idea of the acclaim she, and the show, did receive.

The story is a wonderful one, reminiscent of The Enchanted April, that follows three women's lives who are extremely different and dealing with different issues all. The protagonist is Margaret Mary Elderdice, an aging widow who lives in the Upper West Side (hence the title) in an apartment by herself, lonely and playing the piano all her days, as she is a former (or, really, still current) pianist. Soon, however, two other women enter into her life, and their interactions and differences are played up for comic and dramatic effect both.

One woman is a violinist, brought to the fore by her musical talents and interests in common, and her being a neighbor of Margaret. The woman is very prim and proper, having no sex appeal about her or very much fun, so with Margaret's interactions with this woman we see one side of Margaret, it would seem, that comes out in reaction. A young woman, Katherine Hepburn, joins the group, however, by moving in for "an extended stay," and bringing a total opposite, vibrant energy and personality to the situation of the two musical women, which also shows us a side of Margaret opposite to the other, in her interactions with Katherine's character. The play is constructed in a way that keeps your attention and reminds me of The Enchanted April because though it does have the topic of men fluttering around the outsides, it focuses on females, strong females who exhibit extremely different characteristics but who can all be called strong in some way, and themselves outside of their male counterparts and relations. It is not a love story, it would seem, but a friendship story, and that is hard to come by when it comes to women's roles in show business, especially back in the time when the glass ceiling was so much lower.

The unbreakable bond that is formed between Robin, Katherine's character, the aspiring actress so different from the reticent violinist Cara, is cemented by the elderly Margaret and is one that jumps off the page. I wish I would have been able to catch a showing of this short-run play that debuted off-Broadway and was brought to Broadway and then made into a Television Movie, (a very good one, I found out, once I was interested enough to make myself watch it).

I think if you pick this book up for yourself you will understand what I mean when I say it reminds me of The Enchanted April, and the importance of female friendships, and surrounding oneself with others unlike oneself--it brings out a part of you that you didn't know was there, or one that counterbalances the characteristics that make you you, and in doing so it highlights the amazingness of people and the many, many ways they can be.

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full title: West Side Waltz, a play in 3/4 time
-Author: Ernest Thompson
-Format: Hardcover, special Book Club Edition, color dust jacket, introduction by the famous/beautiful/fiery Katherine Hepburn, black and white photographs throughout by equally famous Steve Shapiro
-Condition: Dust jacket shows wear but other than that this is in mint condition! No marks/writing/library stickers or anything else that shows previous use.
-Publisher: Dodd, Mead & Company, New York
-Copyright: Ernest Thompson 1982
-Date published: 1982
-Provenance: This I picked up in a thrift shop I was less than thrilled with in the middle of Connecticut. They had more new books than old, but when I went to their (tiny, dismal) drama section and saw "West Side" I mistook it for "West Side Story," and I'm so glad I did. I may have put the book back, of course, but the second I saw "Katherine Hepburn" I immediately freaked out and had to buy it no matter if it was going to be worth selling on my site or not. Now that I have read it, however, and the fabulous introduction by the fabulous actress Katherine Hepburn, I know I have to share it with someone -- maybe you. As for previous ownership there is no indication.
-Pricing: I priced the book this way because competing copies in lesser condition are around this price, many higher, and most come with no pictures whatsoever to guarantee the book's condition. You need to see your product, you know? Anyway, because the book is such a special work with not only a famous, phenomenal actress having written the introduction (one of my personal favorite human beings, by the way, KATHERINE HEPBURN) but that it includes gorgeous photography from the equally famous photographer STEVE SHAPIRO, I knew what the price had to be for this amazing gem I did not know existed before. I hope, if you don't either, you'll pick this up, and that's why I priced it as affordably as I could for what it's worth. It deserves to be read!
NOTE: This book has been sold but I keep it up so someone interested can find it (like you!) so that I can know to look for it specifically for them. Of course it won't be the same book but I am good at and love the hunt for books, and can likely find you another copy of that same edition or another beautiful edition of the same book. :) Don't ever hesitate to contact me on sold listings, that's why they are here!

---

There is no other book like this one.

This one's for my theatre people! :)

This play isn't well known, so I'm thinking this will appeal to anyone who is interested in plays/drama/theater, and anyone interested in Katherine Hepburn (read: me. so much. she was such an amazingly powerful woman in the entertainment industry. wish i could be as cool as she was). It only ran for 126 shows, but the lovely Katherine was nominated for a Tony as best actress for this role, to give you an idea of the acclaim she, and the show, did receive.

The story is a wonderful one, reminiscent of The Enchanted April, that follows three women's lives who are extremely different and dealing with different issues all. The protagonist is Margaret Mary Elderdice, an aging widow who lives in the Upper West Side (hence the title) in an apartment by herself, lonely and playing the piano all her days, as she is a former (or, really, still current) pianist. Soon, however, two other women enter into her life, and their interactions and differences are played up for comic and dramatic effect both.

One woman is a violinist, brought to the fore by her musical talents and interests in common, and her being a neighbor of Margaret. The woman is very prim and proper, having no sex appeal about her or very much fun, so with Margaret's interactions with this woman we see one side of Margaret, it would seem, that comes out in reaction. A young woman, Katherine Hepburn, joins the group, however, by moving in for "an extended stay," and bringing a total opposite, vibrant energy and personality to the situation of the two musical women, which also shows us a side of Margaret opposite to the other, in her interactions with Katherine's character. The play is constructed in a way that keeps your attention and reminds me of The Enchanted April because though it does have the topic of men fluttering around the outsides, it focuses on females, strong females who exhibit extremely different characteristics but who can all be called strong in some way, and themselves outside of their male counterparts and relations. It is not a love story, it would seem, but a friendship story, and that is hard to come by when it comes to women's roles in show business, especially back in the time when the glass ceiling was so much lower.

The unbreakable bond that is formed between Robin, Katherine's character, the aspiring actress so different from the reticent violinist Cara, is cemented by the elderly Margaret and is one that jumps off the page. I wish I would have been able to catch a showing of this short-run play that debuted off-Broadway and was brought to Broadway and then made into a Television Movie, (a very good one, I found out, once I was interested enough to make myself watch it).

I think if you pick this book up for yourself you will understand what I mean when I say it reminds me of The Enchanted April, and the importance of female friendships, and surrounding oneself with others unlike oneself--it brings out a part of you that you didn't know was there, or one that counterbalances the characteristics that make you you, and in doing so it highlights the amazingness of people and the many, many ways they can be.

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full title: West Side Waltz, a play in 3/4 time
-Author: Ernest Thompson
-Format: Hardcover, special Book Club Edition, color dust jacket, introduction by the famous/beautiful/fiery Katherine Hepburn, black and white photographs throughout by equally famous Steve Shapiro
-Condition: Dust jacket shows wear but other than that this is in mint condition! No marks/writing/library stickers or anything else that shows previous use.
-Publisher: Dodd, Mead & Company, New York
-Copyright: Ernest Thompson 1982
-Date published: 1982
-Provenance: This I picked up in a thrift shop I was less than thrilled with in the middle of Connecticut. They had more new books than old, but when I went to their (tiny, dismal) drama section and saw "West Side" I mistook it for "West Side Story," and I'm so glad I did. I may have put the book back, of course, but the second I saw "Katherine Hepburn" I immediately freaked out and had to buy it no matter if it was going to be worth selling on my site or not. Now that I have read it, however, and the fabulous introduction by the fabulous actress Katherine Hepburn, I know I have to share it with someone -- maybe you. As for previous ownership there is no indication.
-Pricing: I priced the book this way because competing copies in lesser condition are around this price, many higher, and most come with no pictures whatsoever to guarantee the book's condition. You need to see your product, you know? Anyway, because the book is such a special work with not only a famous, phenomenal actress having written the introduction (one of my personal favorite human beings, by the way, KATHERINE HEPBURN) but that it includes gorgeous photography from the equally famous photographer STEVE SHAPIRO, I knew what the price had to be for this amazing gem I did not know existed before. I hope, if you don't either, you'll pick this up, and that's why I priced it as affordably as I could for what it's worth. It deserves to be read!

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Absolutely! I'm willing to do anything to get this book to you, but I will not write on it. If it is not in the condition you want, I know preservation techniques and will certainly oblige as best I can. You just need to let me know.
I will wrap the book any way you want. It is special and so are you, you deserve it! I will also write cards, include photographs, anything you'd like that would make this transaction more, well, you.
I won't tell you how to care for your book, but as to how they are cared for now, they are housed in two places -- some are wrapped in plastic in my main room in the part of the house that used to be a quaint B&B, lined on lovely old wooden bookshelves; others are stacked in piles or leaning on cool, creative and different bookends all round the room, and all are given care, attention, and kept away from my dog :)

Others sit in my library, in built-in authentic 1800s wooden and glass-door library shelves that line the walls in a secluded room in a historic home on the shore. With vintage, warm lamplights over the tiny marble fireplace, the library's windows catch plenty of sunlight--the books are in good homes and will arrive undamaged.
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I am more than willing to hunt down a specific book for you. This can take time, however, and would be a matter of personal back-and-forth on the site so you would have to keep in contact. There is no guarantee. I'm good at finding things however, and if I cannot find it to sell to you myself I will direct you to where I can find it online, if I can.

Important to note, however, that I may have it in my holdings already so it ALWAYS helps to check in with me. Listings come up continually, and it may just be waiting here to get processed and put up.
Contact me directly via the site and I will do my absolute best to help correct it. There should be no problems.
Always willing to make new friends and take on new jobs or opportunities -- this business does not stop me from working a full or part time job, and I am currently looking, so please contact me! Dempseylynch@gmail.com. I am definitely interested in talking with you and love meeting new people (especially book lovers of course).
Sure! Although the books are priced the way they are and are worth that amount based on a lot of factors (condition compared to others available online, if there are any available online or if it is the only one, age and whether it is signed or special in some way, etc.) I am always willing to hear you out as to why you think the books price is off, and work with you as best I can. I cannot guarantee the price will change, that is bad for my business, but I will listen to you. Don't be afraid to reach out. The worst that can happen is I will say no.

I put the reasons behind my pricing method for each item at the end of the listing so check that out if you're curious too :)

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