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THE GOOD SOLDIER SVEJK: And His Fortunes in the World War.
New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company, (1973)., (1973).. Good. INSCRIBED TO ACTOR JIRI VOSKOVEC BY THE TRANSLATOR CECIL PARROTT - Octavo, greenish brown cloth titled in gilt on the spine in a dust wrapper. There is a tiny white mark to the front cover & its bottom edge is slightly faded. The dust jacket is chipped & lightly rubbed & soiled with a tear to its rear flap. There is some light staining to its front panel. xxii, [viii], [1] leaf & 752 pages. Illustrated in black & white with maps & the original illustrations by Josef Lada. Very good in a good dust wrapper. Second printing of the American edition. A new and unabridged translation by Cecil Parrott with an introduction by Parrott.Inscribed to Czech American actor George Voskovec by the translator on the front endpaper: "To George Voskovec from Cecil Parrott / May 1978". On the half-title is the ownership signature of Voskovec: "Voskovec / NYC 1975".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".
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