New York: Signet Books, 1952. First printing of this edition. INSCRIBED by Caldwell to the publisher: "To Kurt Enoch / with the grateful thanks of Erskine Caldwell." The first paperback printing of the Broadway play, based on Caldwell's novel, with a new introduction written by Caldwell. Photo-illustrated with stills from the stage production. From the Kurt Enoch collection, with a letter of provenance included.
Depicting the plight of Depression-era Georgia sharecroppers who cannot escape the vicious cycle of poverty, Caldwell's novel was transformed into a Broadway play almost immediately after publication. Running for eight continuous years it broke records and remains the second-longest running play in Broadway history, a marvel for a non-musical drama.
Kurt Enoch was the founder of Signet Books and a publisher whose desire was to bring great literature and genre fiction out of the libraries and into the hands of readers. With a letter of provenance included. A tremendous association.
Near Fine in wrappers.