New York: Robert M. McBride, 1938. First American Edition. Hardcover. Classic hard-boiled, hard-luck tale of the Thirties, long-forgotten but revived in the Eighties and given a new cult following by Black Lizard Press. Though generally discussed as a crime novel, You Play The Black has many great proletarian elements, including a drifter protagonist who thumbs his way out of the Oklahoma dustbowl to Los Angeles at the height of the Great Depression. Author Eric Knight is best known as creator of the juvenile classic Lassie, Come Home; the present work is his only venture into the hard-boiled genre, though his first novel (Sound on Your Bugles, 1936) was a straightforwardly proletarian depiction of British working-class life. First Printing. Octavo (21cm); red linen, with titles stamped in black on spine and front cover; yellow top-stain; 213pp. Rear hinge cracked, tape shadows to pastedowns, with wear to spine ends and board corners, and a small rubbed spot to front cover; about Very Good. (Inventory #: 20609)
The history, literature, and art of American social movements, including Civil Rights, Feminism, Labor History, Radical Politics, and Counterculture.
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