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58. The Price by Arthur Miller.

The Price, a play by Arthur Miller, with eight drawings by Stan Washburn, 1999.


The Price is one of the finest plays by the American dramatist Arthur Miller. Written in 1967 and set one year later, it retains its relevance today, as evidenced by the highly praised revival on Broadway opening in November 1999. The drama depicts a family betrayal played out by two brothers who came to adulthood during the Depression and chose very different careers. They now come together after sixteen years estrangement upon the need to clear a Manhattan brownstone full of family furniture. Long-held rivalries, resentments, and delusions surface when the two middle-aged protagonists meet amidst surroundings that prompt painful memories, most especially of a father who became immobilized after losing his wealth in the Crash of 1929. As they confront each other and negotiate with an elderly dealer in second-hand goods, the viewer—and reader— understands that the price takes on a meaning more profound than just what can be gotten for the furniture. The play is not all dismal, however, for Miller has written a great comic figure in the character of the 89-year-old furniture dealer, Gregory Solomon, a wise man who is both scoundrel and saint. Artist Stan Washburn has added illustrations that depict a set for the play, following the playwright's directions that the room be progressively seen. In eight drawings Washburn scans an attic piled with furniture and gives the reader views, shifting from stage left to right, of various distinct pieces that form a contiguous series observed in the shifting perspective of the stage flooring.


Format: 10 by 7 inches, 112 numbered pages, 16 unnumbered pages for the illustrations. The type is Goudy Old Style 12 point, composed in Monotype, and printed by letterpress. The paper is German mouldmade ivory Zerkall. The illustrations were printed in duo-tone offset lithography by Phelps-Schaefer Litho-Graphics Company. The binding is full cloth in a golden-brown color, with an additional illustration by Stan Washburn of a clock inset on the front cover; enclosed in a slipcase with cloth edges and paper sides. Numbered and signed by the playwright and the artist. Edition of 300 copies, $425. Available.

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Edition Available: The format is 10 by 7 inches, 112 pages, bound in full golden-brown cloth, in slipcase. Signed and numbered by the playwright and artist. The edition is limited to 300 numbered copies for sale. Price: $425.

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Also Available: “The Family Furniture”, 1999. The series of eight original paintings by Stan Washburn is also available for sale. Oil on canvas, 14 by 11 inches, framed. Price for the set of eight: $8,000.

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