Item #4402 I SHOULD HAVE STAYED HOME. Horace McCoy.


London: Arthur Baker Ltd., 1938. First UK Edition. The author's third book, a hard-boiled depression-era novel set in Hollywood. Centered around an aspiring young actor and actress, living on the skids and hoping for a break, the novel explores the cut-throat and exploitative nature of the movie business, giving glimpses of "the whole range of Hollywood life - its parties and night clubs, its mansions and cheap bungalows, its gallery of fantastic characters, merciless business men, frauds, geniuses, and vultures..." (from front flap). Hubin, p.260. Item #4402

First Impression. Octavo (19cm); beige cloth-covered boards, with titling and decorative elements stamped in navy blue on spine and covers; yellow topstain; dustjacket; [viii],222pp. Hint of sunning to spine, touch of offset from jacket flaps onto endpapers, else a fresh, Near Fine copy. Dustjacket is unclipped (priced 7/6 net), gently spine-sunned and lightly edgeworn, with a few small nicks to spine ends and a few closed tears; Very Good+.

Price: $550.00

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