New York: Coward-McCann, 1937. First Edition. Octavo (22cm). Tan cloth boards, lettered in maroon on spine, with vignette illustration on front board; dustjacket; 554pp. Tight, Near Fine copy; red top-stain deep, even and unfaded. In the original dustwrapper, price-clipped, rubbed at extremities with a few closed tears and slight fading to red portions on spine; Very Good. Generically signed by Rice on front free endpaper.
Nice copy of Rice's first novel, set in New York and dealing with an Electrical Workers strike viewed from the perspective of a wealthy, dysfunctional family. Rice is best known for his prolific output of plays in the Twenties and Thirties, most on social themes reflecting his leftist sympathies. His 1929 play Street Scene, set in the Jewish ghetto of New York City, won the Pulitzer Prize. Rice was the first director of the New York office of the Federal Theatre Project, but resigned after government censorship of one of the theatre's left-leaning productions. HANNA 2994. BLAKE p.262.