Trumpet in the Dust.New York: Horace Liveright Inc., 1930 Stock Code: 50429
First edition, first printing, fine presentation from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper, "For Ring Lardner what a sap I'd be to try to tell you what I think of you and your work - you know... Gene Fowler April 3, 1930". A major association. Fowler met Lardner when the two men joined Damon Runyon as writers on Hearst's paper The American. Trumpet in the Dust is the quasi-autobiographical story of a newspaperman named Gordon Dole. It charts his life from his birth through his first attempts to become a published writer through to his inevitable demise.
Octavo. Original black cloth, titles and decoration to front board and spine in gold and silver, top edge stained green.
A few short tears to the top edge of several leaves, topstain faded and marked, lettering rubbed and dull. A decent copy.
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