Marie Antoinette. Upton Sinclair.
Marie Antoinette
A play that's not a play or, perhaps, a novel that's not a novel, from a socialist writer in admiration of a beheaded monarch. "Every reader of Upton Sinclair will thoroughly enjoy this play, different though it be from his other works."

Marie Antoinette

Very Good / Very Good. Item #9878

New York: The Vanguard Press, 1939. First Edition. Octavo (20x14x3cm); 200pp. Frontispiece reproduction of portraits of Marie Antoinette and her paramour Von Fersen. [Ahouse A66a]

Blue-gray dustjacket printed in ochre. Light blue linen also stamped in ochre. Dustjacket heavily browned at spine, somewhat less so at folds and edges, showing small chip losses at edges and flap folds, with signs of superficial insect nibbling. Sunning on volume itself mirrors that of jacket. Endpapers glue-browned; title-page has faint smudges which don't rise to the level of foxing.

This play does not quite rise to the level of being a play, though formatted as such; it is often catalogued as a novel. We can find no record of its ever having been produced. A puff-piece about it (which does not rise to the level of being a review) was published in the New York Times Book Review in July 1939: it uses the term "play" only once, and prefers the evasive term "book" for this one-off, transgenre item.

Price: $50.00