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The Disinherited [Inscribed]
New York: Covici Friede, 1934. Conroy's first novel, cited by Walter Rideout as "one of the relatively few proletarian novels written by a working-class author." After the deaths of his brothers and father in a series of mining accidents, Conroy's protagonist bounces around the country, working an endless string of...
[Item #17574]
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The Disinherited [Inscribed]
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First editions of the Three Proletarian Novels: Bottom Dogs [both issues], Those Who Perish, From Flushing to Calvary
New York & London: Various publishers, 1929 - 1934. First editions. Though Dahlberg rejected this early work later in his career, these three novels remain a high water mark of the literature of the Great Depression, documenting with sympathy and poetry the lives of hoboes, immigrants, slum-dwellers, B-girls, and others...
[Item #1310]
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First editions of the Three Proletarian Novels: Bottom Dogs [both issues], Those Who Perish, From Flushing to Calvary
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From Flushing to Calvary
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1932. First Edition. The second novel in Dahlberg's proletarian trilogy, which includes Bottom Dogs (1929) and Those Who Perish (1934). From Flushing to Calvary paints a realistic picture of slum life around Calvary Cemetary, New York. Though Dahlberg rejected this early work later in...
[Item #18411]
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Those Who Perish
New York: The John Day Company, 1934. First Edition. The third novel in Dahlberg's proletarian trilogy, which includes Bottom Dogs (1929) and From Flushing to Calvary (1932). Those Who Perish is a psychological novel of American Jews and their reactions to the coming of German Nazism. Though Dahlberg rejected this...
[Item #18412]
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Bottom Dogs
London: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1929. First UK Edition. Dahlberg's first novel, and the first volume in his proletarian trilogy, which includes Those Who Perish (1934) and From Flushing to Calvary (1932). A novel portraying the seamy side of American life through the eyes of a man who spent his early...
[Item #18413]
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Darkness and Dawn
Boston: Small, Maynard, 1914. Second Printing. Future utopia, in which a cooperative commonwealth is established following a series of catastrophes that destroy most of Earth's population. Originally envisioned as a trilogy (and so published, serially, in Cavalier, 1912-13), the book was brought out in one volume in 1914. BLEILER (Checklist...
[Item #17177]
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Darkness and Dawn
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Young Lonigan: A Boyhood in Chicago Streets
New York: Vanguard Press, 1932. First Edition. Farrell's first novel, and a high-point of the proletarian genre. Farrell would follow this debut with The Young Manhood of Studs Lonigan (1934) and Judgment Day (1935), completing a trilogy which Michael Sadleir called "the most impressive study of degeneration since Zola's L'Assommoir...and...infinitely...
[Item #16215]
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Young Lonigan: A Boyhood in Chicago Streets
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Young Lonigan: A Boyhood in Chicago Streets
New York: The Vanguard Press, 1932. First Edition. Farrell's first novel, and a high-point of the proletarian genre. Farrell would follow this debut with The Young Manhood of Studs Lonigan (1934) and Judgment Day (1935), completing a trilogy which Michael Sadleir called "the most impressive study of degeneration since Zola's...
[Item #18246]
Price: $800.00
 
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Spartacus
New York: By the Author, 1951. Fast's best-known work, self-published due to the unwillingness of mainstream publishers to work with a blacklisted author. Perhaps the most important left-wing novel of the post-war era, praised by Walter Rideout as a demonstration of "...how an already established form, the traditional historical novel...
[Item #20343]
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Spartacus
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Spartacus
New York: By the Author, 1951. Fast's best-known work, self-published due to the unwillingness of mainstream publishers to work with a blacklisted author. Perhaps the most important left-wing novel of the post-war era, praised by Walter Rideout as a demonstration of "...how an already established form, the traditional historical novel...
[Item #20346]
Price: $35.00
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Spartacus [Signed]
New York: Howard Fast, 1951. First Edition. In a 1951 pre-publication letter, Fast explained that when his publisher at Little, Brown and Company was forced to resign, the novel 'Spartacus' was thrown out with him. In the coming weeks he found "that no other firm would publish this or any...
[Item #18957]
Price: $600.00
 
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Judios Sin Dinero [Jews Without Money]
Madrid: Editorial Fenix, 1933. Second Spanish Edition. Spanish-language edition of Gold's classic portrayal of Jewish life in Manhattan's Lower East Side. First published in the US in 1929; the first Spanish edition followed in 1930 (Madrid: Cenit); the current edition is uncommon, with fewer than 5 holdings in North America...
[Item #19997]
Price: $125.00
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Swing Shift
New York: Citadel Press, 1951. First edition. Quite nice copy of this rather undistinguished (aside from its splendid proletarian dustjacket) 1950s labor novel, presented as the fictionalized biography of an American labor organizer and railroad-worker. The action is interspersed with long passages of Marxist theory. "Margaret Graham" was the pseudonym...
[Item #14428]
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Swing Shift
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The Foundry
London: Cassell and Company, 1934. First UK Edition. Halper's second novel following Union Square (1933), a proletarian novel centered around the owners, management, and laborers in a Chicago electrotype foundry just prior to the 1929 Crash. We find the association between Halper and Foyle somewhat amusing, as it seems Foyle...
[Item #17597]
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The Foundry
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Rope of Gold
New York: Harcourt, Brace & Co. 1939. First Edition. The third volume of Herbst's proletarian trilogy, which included "Pity is Not Enough" (1933) and "The Executioner Waits" (1934); this volume deals with "the agrarian and industrial unrest of the 1930's" (Hanna). RIDEOUT p.298. BLAKE p.268. HANNA 1677. Octavo. Cloth boards;...
[Item #11316]
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Rope of Gold
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Lonely Crusade
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1947. First edition. Himes's second book, a penetrating and subtle left-wing (but intensely anti-Communist) novel concerning race conflict at a California aircraft factory during World War II, managed to offend African-Americans, whites, communists and liberals alike; it never sold well, and now seldom turns up...
[Item #11775]
Price: $450.00
 
Lonely Crusade
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Jordanstown
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1937. First Edition. Portrays a working-class midwesterner's attempt to establish a farmer-consumer cooperative among onion-pickers and striking factory workers during the Depression. Praised by Blake as a "sensitive, poetic novel." Johnson won the Pulitzer Prize for her first novel "Now in November" (1935). RIDEOUT p.298...
[Item #11317]
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Jordanstown
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Maitland Varne or The Bells of De Thaumaturge
New York: De Thaumaturge Company, 1911. First Edition. An early Rideout novel by Loux, an Abigdon Square evangelist and Socialist convert who attempts to show that genuine Christian doctrine and Socialism are perfectly harmonious. Uncommon; we find no other copies for sale in the trade (2014), with OCLC showing just...
[Item #19980]
Price: $350.00
 
Maitland Varne or The Bells of De Thaumaturge
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Knock On Any Door
New York: Appleton Century, 1947. First Edition. The life of a career criminal in Chicago, from juvenile lock-up to the electric chair. The African-American author's first novel, published to great critical acclaim, and the basis for the 1949 film starring Humphrey Bogart. Reprints abound (usually mis-identified), but in our experience...
[Item #17581]
Price: $300.00
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Knock On Any Door
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With Sun In Our Blood
New York: Citadel, 1950. First Edition. Page began her career as the Soviet correspondent for the Daily Worker; she was also a prolific contributor to CP periodicals such as Soviet Russia Today, The Southern Worker, and New Masses. The present work, set in the Pennsylvania coal fields, deals specifically with...
[Item #20345]
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With Sun In Our Blood
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The Chasm
New York: Frederick A. Stokes, 1911. First Edition. Socialist novel, written shortly after Cook's conversion to Socialism under the influence of Floyd Dell. Rideout: "The 'chasm' of the title is partly objectified in the conflict faced by a wealthy American girl between the philosophy of Nitezsche...and that of Marx, as...
[Item #11361]
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A Little Brother of the Rich
Chicago: Reilly & Britton, 1908. Second printing. A socialist romance written in the midst of Eugene Debs's first Presidential campaign. The book went through four printings in the first two weeks. Patterson later renounced Socialism, underwent a political reincarnation, and emerged as the publisher of the reactionary New York Daily...
[Item #10705]
Price: $65.00
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The Road
New York: Red Star Press, 1933. Second Printing. Socialist romance, described by Rideout as the "...only radical novel published in the thirties which was deliberately written as a romance...even to its stilted prose, an unrepresentative anachronism." Spiro/Marlen, a one-time leader of the Trotskyist Communist League of America, was also the...
[Item #14587]
Price: $75.00
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The Road
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The Chute
New York: Viking Press, 1937. First Edition. HANNA 1548. RIDEOUT p.298. Life of workers in a Chicago mail-order house. Sharp copy of Halper's most straightforwardly radical novel, written after his decided move to the Left following negative responses by leftist critics to his first two novels. Tan cloth; dustjacket; red...
[Item #8581]
Price: $200.00
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The Chute
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The Chute
New York: Viking Press, 1937. First Edition. Presentable copy of Halper's most straightforwardly radical novel, written after his decided move to the Left following negative responses by leftist critics to his first two novels. HANNA 1548. RIDEOUT p.298. Octavo (21.5cm). Original tan cloth, red topstain, 558pp; dustjacket. Slight lean to...
[Item #14533]
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