Goodis, David

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Place Published: New York
Publisher: Julian Messner, Inc.
Date Published: 1946
Edition: First Edition
Book Id: 277


First Printing. Octavo; black cloth, with titles stamped in gilt on spine; red topstain; dustjacket; 248pp. Mild erasure to front endpaper, else Fine. Dustjacket is price-clipped, lightly edge-rubbed, with three tiny tears along upper edge; faint corresponding shadow from discreet tape mends on verso, though at some point, it appears the tape was skillfully removed; still a bright, Very Good+ to Near Fine example of jacket that is nearly always found badly spine-faded. Basis for the 1947 film noir directed by Delmer Daves, starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.


The author's second hardcover book, and the one that propelled him to fame and success. Before being published by Messner, the book was first serialized in The Saturday Evening Post, for which Goodis received the hefty sum of $25,000. Warner Brothers purchased the film rights for an additional $25,000 and hired Goodis to write the treatment for the screen, and thanks to an excellent cast and great directing, the movie went on to be a commercial success and one of the significant noirs of the 1940's. Additionally, the book is one of the first crime novels to use the theme of a change in identity using plastic surgery. The Dark Page, Vol.1, p.114; Hubin, p.173.

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