Pasadena: Upton Sinclair, 1927. Reprint. Octavo (19cm); burgundy cloth, with titles stamped in gilt on spine and in black on front cover; dustjacket; [viii],527 + pp ads. Spine gilt beginning to dull, a few tiny scuffs to upper edge of textblock, else very Near Fine. In a Boni dustjacket, with "9th Large Printing" printed at upper front panel; edgeworn, sunning to spine and extremities, with several tiny nicks, tears, and associated creases; Very Good+.
A novel "largely concerned with the social education and disillusionment of the son of an oil tycoon, set against the background of the oil scandals of the Harding Administration. There is also the background of southern California society, movie stars, evangelists, Wobblies, and social reformers of all stripes" (BAIRD, 2267). Basis for Paul Thomas Anderson's Academy Award-winning 2007 film "There Will Be Blood." COAN, p.98; HANNA 3241.