WILSON, Angus. The Mulberry Bush : A Play in Three Acts. London : Secker & Warburg, 1956. First Edition. Pp (6),-112. 8vo, purple cloth, gilt lettering to spine.
Stape & Thomas, Angus Wilson : A Bibliography A6.
"With his new play, The Mulberry Bush, Mr. Angus Wilson announces himself as a brilliant new acquisition to the theatre... First, Mr. Wilson writes brilliant dialogue which is witty, idiosyncratic and refreshingly of the moment; and, secondly, he introduces us to, and brings vividly alive for us, a set of characters completely fresh to the stage and astonishingly untainted by those conventions which gather like soft moss round so many stage characters; and, further, they are really living by the kind of values which operate in our time... What is so fresh and exhilarating about this play is that we are seeing on the stage (after too long a time) contemporary people involved in the moral problems that have shaped and are shaping our own lives, and who express themselves in terms that are in current use." - T. C. Worsley In The New Statesman [quoted on the dustjacket].
"A mature and vivacious mind plays over every line of his dialogue, and his ear is acute to the point of malice. If I say that his writing will delight lovers of good talk, I am apt to be misunderstood... Mr. Wilson's talk is pointed, heated and ruthless; it spans three generations, yet catches the rhythms and inflections appropriate to each. Nor is it fair merely to say that he has written a play of ideas; The Mulberry Bush is that much rarer thing, a play about people of ideas." - Kenneth Tynan in The Observer [quoted on the dustjacket].
Very good, with some light soiling to rear edge of the unclipped dustjacket. 50.00