Peggy: The Life of Margaret Ramsay, Play Agent - Colin ChambersLondon: Nick Hern Books, 1997, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper slightly sunned at the spine with a small ding to the upper panel at the join. Text complete, clean and tight.
From the cover: “The compelling story of the woman who nurtured several generations of writing talent — the most influential behind-the-scenes figure in the British theatre since the war.
Best-known for the part she played in Joe Orton’s life, Peggy Ramsay had a prodigious list of clients that spanned the gamut from John Mortimer and Robert Bolt in the fifties, through the Royal Court hotbed of Christopher Hampton, Edward Bond, Caryl Churchill, Howard Brenton and David Hare and on to such overtly ‘commercial’ writers as Willy Russell and Alan Ayckbourn.
A legend in her own lifetime, Peggy was feared and loved in equal measure. Her childhood and early adulthood she deliberately clouded in romantic half-truths. Her refusal to spend money on her office, her employees or herself was more than mere eccentricity: it was a credo — her writers came first and last. When she died a millionaire in 1991, all the money went into a Foundation to encourage writers, much as she had encouraged — and bullied — them when she was alive.
Given Peggy’s blessing, Colin Chambers was granted complete freedom of access to all the records and correspondence accumulated over the forty years of the agency’s existence, including hundreds of impassioned letters from Peggy to her authors and from them to her. He has also benefited from the willing co-operation of her clients and has delved deep — and rewardingly — into her early life, bringing to light a good many new and surprising facets to this multi-faceted woman, whose talent for nurturing talent is unlikely to be equalled for many a decade.”