New York: Harcourt Brace and Company, 1935. First edition. First impression. Original glossy black cloth, lettering to spine in gilt. With dust-jacket. Extremities slightly bumped, browning to endpapers, minor scratch to fore-edge; a Near Fine and sharp copy. Dust jacket slightly soiled with extremities frayed with minor tears, but quite fresh overall. Housed in a custom black morocco-backed folding box.
The author's second novel, a realist roman a clef based on the life of murdered socialite Starr Faithfull, was filmed in 1960 to wild acclaim. Starring Elizabeth Taylor, who would win her first Oscar for the role, the film adaptation follows the tragic affair of Manhattanite Gloria Wandrous with a wealthy married man. Both the novel and film emphasize Wandrous' family background, sexual history, circle of friends, and the ensuing economic struggles that might lead a woman into the dangerous world which ultimately brought her to her end. Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. (Item #5125)