New York: Random House, 1941. First Edition. Contemporary presentation copy, inscribed by the author, “For Tay [Garnett] & Helga - The kind of Hollywood people who more than make up for the Sammy Glicks. Always - Budd. Stone Canyon, Sept. 11, 1941.” Spine faded; very good in an early (apparently a second printing or issue) chipped and worn dust jacket. Garnett was a writer and director, most famously as the director of The Postman Always Rings Twice. Helga was the second of his three wives. This novel could claim itself the basis for the greatest movie never made. Its harsh, unflinching story made it onto the stage and early tv dramatization, but the production of a major theatrical movie version has proved to be minefield that has, thus far, defeated attempts to adapt it to the big screen. The naked bitterness of this novel is reflected in its history, not only for the difficulty in adapting its subject, but also for the attempt of others in the US Communist Party to force the author to alter it. Schulberg’s output was not prolific, but was exceptional.