New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1932. First edition. Octavo. Original brown cloth, spine and front cover lettered in blind on gilt, road motif blind to front, blue endpapers, fore edge untrimmed. With dust jacket. Spine ends a touch bumped, slight browning to endpapers, else sharp and bright. A near-fine copy, in the jacket, price-clipped, spine panel faintly toned, ends slightly rubbed, nick to foot of rear panel, a strikingly fresh, sharp example.
A controversial American classic, and the basis for the Broadway show which ran from 1933 to 1941 (then the longest-running play on record), and loosely adapted into the 1941 film version directed by John Ford. This title, Caldwell’s third book, was included in the Modern Library’s list of the Best 100 Novels in the English Language. Calder Willingham, another Southern novelist, said: ''A good case can be made that the inventor of Tobacco Road - far more than William Faulkner, Thomas Wolfe, Carson McCullers, Flannery O'Connor, Eudora Welty, Robert Penn Warren, or any other Southern writer one can think of - is the true mythmaker of post-bellum Southern literature.'' Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. (Item #4448)