Boston: Atlantic Monthly Press / Little, Brown and Company, 1962. First Edition. Attractive copy of Porter's first novel, which outsold every novel published in the United States in 1962. Basis for Stanley Kramer's Oscar-winning film (1965), starring Vivien Leigh, Simone Signoret, and Oskar Werner. This copy belonged to her lover, Herbert Schaumann, who first met Porter at a party in Washington DC in 1944. "The two maintained a relationship, primarily through correspondence, seeing each other rather infrequently even before Porter left Washington in September 1944. In 1945, due to an injury, Schaumann spent some time in the hospital at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. He was released from the army in 1945 soon after the dropping of the first atomic bomb. Upon leaving the service, Schaumann accepted a teaching post at the University of Maryland where he taught Comparative Literature and Creative Writing. Between the time they met and July 1946, when Schaumann visited Porter in California, they developed an intimate relationship that ceased abruptly when he revealed his homosexuality to her during that visit" (cf. Finding aid for the Herbert Schaumann papers at U.Maryland). A lengthy, content-rich letter, written to Schaumann while he was convalescing at Fort Belvoir. Item #3409
First Printing. Octavo (21.75cm); yellow cloth, with titling, decorations, and author's facsimile signature stamped in dark red on spine and front cover; dustjacket; xiv,497,pp. Hint of a lean, else very Near Fine. Dustjacket is unclipped (priced $6.50), with pinpoint wear to spine ends and corners; very Near Fine. Laid into this copy is a 3pp ALS on M.G.M. letterhead (ca.600 words), dated 6 February, 1945, to Herbert Schaumann; old folds, else Near Fine in the original mailing envelope (Very Good). Together with an ALS to Schaumann regarding Porter from an unnamed individual (1956), and two pieces of ephemera from "An Evening in Honor of Katherine Anne Porter" held at the University of Maryland on May 15, 1968.