New York: Albert & Charles Boni, 1927. First Edition. First Printing. Octavo (19.5cm); maroon cloth, with titling and pictorial elements stamped in yellow on spine and front cover; yellow topstain; [vi],527,pp. A few faint surface scratches to boards; small stain to front free endpaper; still a tight, straight copy with bright, even top-stain and text clean and unmarked; Near Fine, lacking the scarce dustjacket.
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." AHOUSE A40; COAN, p.98; HANNA 3241.