New York: William Morrow & Company, 1939. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's yellow cloth stamped in orange and brown, top edge stained orange, original pictorial dust jacket.
First edition of Hollywood screenwriter Charles Kaufman's only novel, about Mexican immigrant life in Spanish Harlem on the eve of World War II. Kaufman (not to be confused with Charlie Kaufman) wrote screenplays for three decades, but is probably best known for his collaboration with John Huston on the 1946 documentary Let There Be Light, about the experience of posttraumatic stress disorder by veterans returning from the war. The film was suppressed by the US government until the 80s, and was selected for preservation in the US National Film Registry by the Library of Congress in 2010. Timely book, in a strikingly designed Art Deco dust jacket credited to "FL," possibly prolific author, artist and photographer John Floherty. Some toning to spine and edges; uncommonly nice unclipped dust jacket also somewhat toned at spine and edges. Item #1036