New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1935. First Edition. Quintessentially bleak novel of the Great Depression, written by a West Virginia drifter who famously scribbled his story down on scrap paper scrounged on the streets, in boxcars, and in hobo jungles. The novel was highly praised upon publication, but Kromer never mustered another book-length work; he died, tubercular and forgotten, in a West Virginia sanatorium. Original cloth; 188pp. Tasteful custom bookplate of "Thelma and Bob" inside front cover, spine lightly sunned; a tight, clean, solid copy, Very Good or better, lacking the scarce jacket.