Hollywood, CA: The John Reed Clubs of the West, 1934. First Edition. Single quarto issue in original woodcut wrappers; 20pp. Overall light soil and wear; internally complete, clean and unmarked; Very Good.
Final issue of the theoretical and literary organ of the John Reed Clubs of the West, headquartered in Hollywood, CA. The Editorial Board included the Marxist film critic John R. Chaplin; painter Murray Hantman; German-Jewish Eva Gerson, and others. This issue includes a fabulous full-page wood-engraving (untitled) by Hantman. Other contents include "All Gabriel's Chilluns Got Wings," a "marionette-musical in several acts," attributed to Carlyle Rourke; an extended article on "Science and the Depression" by physicist Morton Mott-Smith; articles by Gerson, Louis Livingston, others. A very uncommon Depression-era communist literary periodical, only six issues appeared between 1933-34 (OCLC cataloguing suggests publication continued to 1944; clearly an error, as the John Reed Clubs did not survive past 1935).