New York: Penguin Books, Inc., 1946. 1st Mass Market Paperback Edition. 12mo, publisher's stiff illustrated paper wraps.
"It’s a simple formula; do your best and somebody might like it." Mass market paperback edition of American romance novelists Dorothy Baker’s scandalous lesbian pulp. Her second novel, the narrative follows an unusual love triangle as a female French professor and young man vie for the attention of Janet, a graduate student. While there is no explicit sexual content in the book, the portrayal of an implied romance was exceedingly controversial for early 1940s literature. Dismissing the critical response, Baker and her husband, the poet Howard Baker, adapted the novel into a play. Produced by Lee Sabinson, the stage adaptation premiered on Broadway in 1944 but was closed on grounds of obscenity. Cover art by prolific Penguin in-house illustrator Robert Jonas. Originally published in hardcover in 1943. Light soiling and rubbing. Very good. Item #8010