Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company. 1948. First. First edition. Contemporary bookplate on the verso of the front fly, modest edgewear on the boards, very good or better in about very good dustwrapper with three internally repaired tears and small nicks and tears at the extremities. Signed by the author on the front fly. Housed in a custom quarter morocco and cloth clamshell case. Lockridge's only book, an excellent novel set during one day in the life of an Indiana school principal, and which manages to convey a sense of a specific time and place that has rarely been matched in American literature. Transformed into a troubled film with Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor. Signed copies are exceptionally scarce, as Lockridge somewhat mysteriously committed suicide about a month after publication of the book. A Lockridge letter we handled a few years ago, written immediately after publication, speaks of his overwhelming exhaustion after writing and revising the novel. . (Inventory #: 411846)
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