Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1945. 8vo. [iv], 347 pp. Second edition. Maroon and black publisher’s cloth, gilt lettering and ornaments to top cover and spine, in original green and maroon dust-jacket. Dust-jacket a bit tattered, with some chipping and a few small tears. Presentation inscription to front paste-down, inscriptions to front and rear fly-leaves. Item #12099
Second edition, published the prior year simultaneously in Boston and Toronto. This novel “relates the development into manhood of a sensitive, trusting boy beset from every side with crushing difficulties.” It was made into a motion picture in 1946 and starred Charles Coburn, Tom Drake, Hume Cronyn, Dean Stockwell, Jessica Tandy, Richard Haydn, Wallace Ford, and Selena Royle, all of whom signed the front fly-leaf (amongst many other actors from the film). The signatures of the crew members, including the cameraman, wardrobe, scriptwriter, sound-man, make-up artists and more adorn the rear fly-leaf.