The House of Books opened in New York on October 10, 1930, under
proprietors Louis Henry Cohn (1888-1953) and Marguerite Arnold Cohn (1887-1984).
It specialized in 20th century British and American first editions
and brought the Cohns into contact with many of the major literary figures of
the day, including Tom Stoppard. This play was his first major success. It tells
the tale of Hamlet from the point-of-view of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two
minor characters in Shakespeare's play.