Inherit the Wind, First Edition, Inscribed by Both Authors.
"To the Granddaughter of One of America's Most Inspiring Thinkers" Lawrence, Jerome [1915-2004]. Lee, Robert E. [1918-1994]. Inherit the Wind. New York: Random House, Inc., . vi, 162 pp. Photo illustrations. Original publisher's cloth in lightly edgeworn and toned dust jacket, top-edge rouged. Faint offsetting to endleaves, author signatures and inscription to front free endpaper dated 1956. Light toning, light foxing to margins in a few places, faint offsetting from photo illustrations, interior otherwise clean. $1,500. * First edition, first printing. A fictionalization of the famous Scopes "monkey trial" as a representation of the then-current wave of McCarthyism, Inherit the Wind is one of the twentieth century's best loved American plays. It has been adapted for the screen four times and revived on stage as recently as 2009. The inscription reads "To the granddaughter/ of one of America's/ most inspiring thinkers." Our copy of the play may have been presented to one of Clarence Darrow's three granddaughters, Jessie Darrow Lyon Johnston [1910-1968], Mary Darrow Simonson [1912-2003] or Blanche Darrow Chase [1913-2006], though it is unclear from the inscription to which of the three it was presented. It is unlikely to have been presented to a granddaughter of H.L. Mencken (who did not have children) or William Jennings Bryan. Inscribed copies of the first edition are scarce.
Book number 73444