New York: Universal Publishing and Distributing Corporation, 1951. First Edition. Bragg's much-scandalized pseudonymously-written novel about a "fresh and fetching" seventeen year old girl who got "hooked" on marijuana at the hands of an older man out to seduce her. "But after that drug-induced ecstasy, Joyce's pretty feet trod the path of degeneracy. Here we study every nuance of her disturbing relations with other teen-agers, with mature men out for "kicks." We watch her resorting to every vile device, trading herself, body and soul for the drugs she had to have..." Originally issued as a digest-sized paperback in 1951, the novel served as Exhibit A in Congressman Ezekiel C. Gathings's House Select Committee on the proliferation of literature he considered a pox on American society, refering to the novel as "A Manual of Instruction for Potential Narcotic Addicts." All four edition of the novel are scarce; OCLC notes a single holding (Temple University). Gertz, p.6-8; Hubin, p.113. Item #2584
Digest-sized octavo (18cm); photo-illustrated wrappers; ,5-127,pp ads. Hint of a forward lean, light external wear, with a few short tears and attendant creases; mild tanning to text edges, else clean throughout; Very Good.