Mr. Arkadin, Orsen Welles, 1956 FIRST EDITION, fine condition

 

$219.95

Author:       Welles, Orson
Publisher:   W. H. Allen
Published:  London 1956, First Edition

Condition:  Near-new in worn d/w. Jacket (art by Rudland)
Inscription: “M K. Furness, In appreciation for Services rendered. From the Management Producers’ Market Co-op, Ltd.* 14/5/1957”

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Author:         Welles, Orson
Publisher:     W. H. Allen
Published:    London 1956, First Edition

Condition:    Near-new in worn d/w. Jacket (art by Rudland)
Provenance: Inscribed ink, “M K. Furness, In appreciation for Services rendered. From the Management Producers’ Market Co-op, Ltd.* 14/5/1957”

 

The story:  Basis for the enigmatic 1955 film noir directed by and starring Welles as the title character. Equally enigmatic is this novel, which was ostensibly translated twice before arriving in this form, and its authorship, denied by Welles yet confirmed as his work by many others. Strangest of all is that it reads as well as the best work of David Goodis and Charles Williams. Essential for the Welles collector and film noir enthusiast. The source for the story is from the radio drama ‘The Lives of Harry Lime’ in which Welles portrays his character from ‘The Third Man.’ In the radio drama Harry Lime is hired to investigate the mysterious international criminal Mr. Arkadin. The film was not completed by Welles and several different edits and releases were made with various run times (as many as seven). The film has a restored version from 2006 with additional footage. Jonathan Baxter in a new forward to the book states the novel was ghost written from Welles’ screenplay by Maurice Bessy, and this is verified by recently discovered correspondence between Welles and his producer for the film Louis Dolivet (see essay by Orson Welles expert Jonathan Rosenbaum, May 18, 2010 at the Barnes and Noble website)

*Producers’ Market Co-op, Ltd.*, East End, Adelaide

The East End precinct was originally a self contained village existing for the East End fruit and vegetable markets and the people who worked in them from the 1860’s. Although the majority of traders were involved in the production and selling of produce, there were almost 294 other occupations carried out in the area including umbrella making, taxidermy, midwifery and letter carrying. In all other colonies, markets were the responsibility of the City Corporation. In Adelaide however, this was not the case. Both the first market, the East End Market, which began in the 1860’s, and the Adelaide Fruit and Produce Exchange opened nearby in 1903, were set up privately. The markets closed in 1988.

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Weight 0.35 kg
Dimensions 14 x 3 x 21 cm