"Copyright, 1953, by John van Druten." "It may well be that I was right in my thought that audiences in the commercial theatre would not accept a religious thesis, at any rate if it were set in a modern form. In any case, the New York audience was unwilling to accept the present one. But I also know that a play is not necessarily dead because it has failed in the Broadway theater. I can think of several which have had long lives with the assistance of their publication. And I know, too, that a number of people of all kinds and classes ... have found this play moving and touching, and have known what I was driving at. That is why I am printing it here. The soliloquies in the second act were played on the road, but were cut in the New York production. I am retaining them here because they seem to me to have a value for the reader ..."--Author's Preface. "This play was first presented in New York City at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre by Miss Gertrude Macy and Mr. Walter Starcke on Tuesday, December 2nd, 1952 ..." Dark blue cloth binding lettered in silver on spine.
Culture Class collection copy has dustjacket retained.