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GRIFFIN, JONATHAN. - In the Transparent Forest.

University Center, MI: Green River Press, 1977. 1977. INSCRIBED TO GEORGE (JIRI) VOSKOVEC AND HIS WIFE AND SIGNED BY JONATHAN GRIFFIN - Octavo, softcover bound in cream & green wrappers & titled in green on the spine. The spine is darkened & the edges of the wraps are discolored with some light soiling to the rear wrap. 145 pages. The contents are very good. Good.

First edition.

Inscribed to Czech American actor and playwright George [Jiri] Voskovec and his wife on the half-title: "To George and Christine / with deep admiration and affection / Jonathan / 3.iii.1977".

Jiri [George] Voskovec was born Jiri Wachsmann [1905-1981]. He was a much revered Czech actor and playwright. After World War 1 Voskovec appeared with Jan Werich [1905-1980] as one of a comic duo in the tradition of Laurel and Hardy. "Together with Jaroslav Jezek, the father of Czech jazz, they moulded dadaism, circus, jazz, Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and American vaudeville into a new art form. They created a new form of intellectual political musical." - [Josef Skvorecky: "All the Bright Young Men and Women"]. Having created a sensation with their "Vest Pocket Revue" in April 1927, V + W were invited to join the Devetsil theatre group in May. In 1929 they renamed the group "Liberated Theatre" ["Osvobozene Divadlo"] and they took over every element of the productions. During the 1930s the productions of V + W became increasingly anti-fascist and their "Liberated Theatre" was eventually forced to close in 1938. The following year they fled to the United States. After World War 2 Voskovec settled permanently in the U.S. and Werich returned to Czechoslovakia. Both actors went on to have long careers in film, Voskovec appearing in 72 movies and Werich in more than 50. Four of their stage works were made into films: "Powder and Gasoline" [1931], "Your Money or Your Life" [1932], "Heave-ho" [1934], and "The World Belongs to Us" [1937]. Voskovec is known for his role as Juror #11 in "12 Angry Men". Good .

USD 35.00 [Appr.: EURO 32.25 | £UK 28.5 | JP¥ 3811] Book number 35893

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