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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" , "Your Money or Your Life" , "Heave-ho" , and "The World Belongs to Us" . Voskovec is known for his role as Juror #11 in "12 Angry Men". Good .
Keywords: LITERATURE; POETRY; POET; POEMS; JONATHAN GRIFFIN; IN THE TRANSPARENT FOREST; INSCRIBED; SIGNED; SIGNATURE; AUTOGRAPH; CZECH AMERICAN ACTOR; GEORGE VOSKOVEC; JIRI VOSKOVEC; FIRST EDITION; 1ST EDITION.