New York: Reynal & Hitchcock, 1944. First Edition. The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright's first book, based on his experiences researching the war correspondence of journalist Ernie Pyle. Miller was tasked by Hollywood to gather material for "an honest movie" about American GI's during the war, about their training, daily life, their hopes, dreams, and why they are fighting. The film in question was William A. Wellman's The Story of G.I. Joe, to be adapted by Miller for Lester Cowan from Pyle's 1943 book This Is Your War. Miller version was ultimatley not produced, likely due to ideological differences and his communist sympathies. A scarce advance copy of an important debut. Jensen A1a. Item #4581
First Printing, a review copy, with the publisher's typed slip and promotional letter laid in. Octavo (21.25cm); yellow cloth, with titles stamped in red and black on spine and front cover; dustjacket; [x],179,pp. Lower corners gently tapped, mild dustiness to board edges and covers, else clean throughout; Very Good+. Dustjacket is unclipped (priced $2.00), gently spine-sunned and lightly edgeworn, with mild dustiness to panels, small splash mark to lower front cover, diagonal crease to front flap, and several tiny tears, each with cello-tape mends on verso; Very Good or better.