New York: Grove Press, 1988. Book-Club edition. Hardcover. Octavo (8 1/2 x 5 3/4"). , 108pp. Original photo-illustrated dust-jacket over paper covered boards, with yellow lettering to spine.
""Speed-the-Plow" is a play by David Mamet which is a satirical dissection of the American movie business, a theme Mamet would revisit in his later films "Wag the Dog" (1997) and "State and Main" (2000). The play sets its context with an epigram (not to be recited in performance) by William Makepeace Thackeray, from his novel "Pendennis," contained in a frontispiece: It starts: "Which is the most reasonable, and does his duty best: he who stands aloof from the struggle of life, calmly contemplating it, or he who descends to the ground, and takes his part in the contest?" The character of Bobby Gould finds himself on both sides of this dilemma, and at times in the play he "stands aloof," and at other times he "takes part" in life's contest, with its moral strictures." (From the Publishers).
Dust-jacket, binding and interior in very good condition. vg. Item #41834