1001 [One Thousand and One] Afternoons in New York

New York: Viking, 1941. First Edition. INSCRIBED by Ben Hecht on the front endpaper: "To Porter S. Welch / Ben Hecht."

A follow-up to Hecht's 1922 compilation of newspaper columns, "1001 Afternoons in Chicago," with this collection focusing on his time spent in New York City. A 1941 review in the New York Times described it as "the result of his rather desperate search ... for an intensity in the life of New York that might to some degree match his own hardly uncultivated intensity."

Ben Hecht was one of the most renowned novelists and screenwriters of the twentieth century, writing 35 books and a number of popular Broadway plays, and enjoying a prolific and long-lasting career as a screenwriter, writing a string of successful films, including "Spellbound" (1945) and "Notorious" (1946) with Alfred Hitchcock, as well as uncredited collaborations for many notable films, such as "Gone With the Wind" (1939) and "His Girl Friday" (1940). Hecht received the first Academy Award for Best Story for "Underworld" (1927), and was additionally nominated for Best Screenplay for "Angels Over Broadway," which he wrote, directed, and produced.

Near Fine in a Very Good plus dust jacket. Jacket is lightly toned to the rear panel, edges, and spine, with a lightly faded spine and a small bruise to the rear flap.

[Book #154344]