Portrait photograph of Beatrice Kaufman. Beatrice Kaufman, Carl Van Vechten.

Portrait photograph of Beatrice Kaufman.

New York: December 10, 1934.

1 vols. Approximately 13-1/2 x 11 inches. Fine, with Van Vechten’s stamp on rear, docketed with number, and dated in ink Item #56151

Beatrice Kaufman (1895-1945) was the wife of wife George S. Kaufman, a playwright in her own right, and the East Coast representative of Samuel Goldwyn Pictures. It was Beatrice who, upon reading the galleys of Steinbeck’s OF MICE AND MEN sent to her by Steinbeck’s agent Annie Laurie Williams, immediately recognized the dramatic possibilities of the novel and rushed the galleys to her husband. And it was Kaufmann who then acquired the dramatic rights and eventually produced the successful 1937 stage version which ran for 207 performances and became the basis for two subsequent film versions.

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