New York: Random House, 1961. First Edition. Small octavo. Cloth boards; dustjacket; 160pp; illus. Presentation from the author to Ben Shahn on front endpaper, dated 1963: "To Ben Shahn / With Admiration / Millard Lampell." Tight, near fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper, slightly darkened on spine else near fine.
A stage adaptation of Hersey's acclaimed 1950 novel of the Warsaw ghetto uprising. Lampell's play was further adapted for the 1983 film of the same name, directed by Robert Markowitz and starring Tom Conti, Rachel Roberts, Eli Wallach, James Cromwell, and Rosanna Arquette. Prior to embarking on his long and prolific career as a writer for stage and screen, Lampell (1919-1997), along with Pete Seeger, Lee Hays and Woody Guthrie, was one of the founding members of the progressive folksong quartet the Almanac Singers. It was likely through this association (particularly with Seeger, whose brother Mike was a long-time resident of Shahn's adoptive home town of Roosevelt, New Jersey) that Lampell came to know Ben Shahn.