First Edition. Soft cover. Very Good. Item #001996
New York: New Directions, 1966. First New Directions Paperback Edition ("First Printing" stated). SIGNED by the author "Another small contribution to Dakin[s?] campaign. Peace & Love, Tennessee 1972." Covers toned along edges with a small dent to bottom front corner near spine and some general smudging (amplified a bit by lights in photo, but more muted in person). Spine is straight and unbroken. Opens easily to after first page gathering, but binding is sound. Pages unmarked.
Between 1972 and 1980, Williams's younger brother Dakin ran three unsuccessful campaigns for the US Senate and one for Governor. Of The Glass Menagerie, his favorite of his brother's plays, he said in an interview "Every word is so beautiful and right...And of course, Amanda Wingfield is our mother Miss Edwina, beyond any doubt. I used to hear those lines of dialogue every morning as a child: 'Rise and shine!' And her talk about gentleman callers is right there in the play. 'I understand the art of conversation,' she'd say. What she didn't understand was how to stop; she talked constantly. But because he drew the character from her, Tom gave Mother the 'Glass Menagerie' royalties, and she willed them to me. I'm living off them now, instead of the kindness of strangers." While the inscription and the signature's familiar lack of surname lead us to guess this copy was given to Dakin, we have not been able to determine so conclusively.