First published in 1934, The Postman Always Rings Twice caused a scandal with its explosive mix of violence and sex, and immediately became a bestseller. The torrid story of Frank Chambers, the amoral drifter, Cora, the sullen and brooding wife, and Nick Papadakis, the amiable but inconvenient husband, has become a classic of its kind, and ...
First published in 1934, The Postman Always Rings Twice caused a scandal with its explosive mix of violence and sex, and immediately became a bestseller. The torrid story of Frank Chambers, the amoral drifter, Cora, the sullen and brooding wife, and Nick Papadakis, the amiable but inconvenient husband, has become a classic of its kind, and established Cain as a major novelist with a spare and vital prose style and a bleak vision of America.
GIFT QUALITY. JACKET: TORN DJ. 5 X 7. The dj matches the original design published by Alfred A. Knopf. The dj is torn down spine, rubbed cover, lightly tanned, creased at spine. The book has light shelf wear, tanned fore edges and pages. Good binding, clean body and unmarked text. This copy was published the same year as the 1934 Knopf first edition. Jacket has same design as front cover of book. _PAB_
Good in Good jacket. 12mo-over 6¾"-7¾" tall. DJ: Scuffed, edgewear, cover browned. Front and rear clean and intact, not price clipped, original price $2.00. A 1 inch chip on upper spine has been replaced with a color copy insert, tape repaired split on the length of the spine. Presentable example of a scarce FIRST STATE JACKET. Book: Good orange cloth worn through at extremities. No foxing, spine darkened. STATED FIRST EDITION.
VG+ Facsimile Dust Jacket. 8 Vo. Orange cloth with dark blue decorations and titles to spine and front panel. Wrapped in FACSIMILE DUST JACKET. Some wear and soiling to boards but otherwise a very nice copy of Cain's most famous book.
First edition. Boards are slightly soiled and near fine, with a supplied proof dustwrapper which came directly from the estate of the artist Arthur Hawkins, Jr. The jacket has been folded with a crease at the spine, Knopf's small Borzoi logo has been cut away from the rear panel (possibly for another design by Hawkins), and Hawkins has written the date "1933" on the front flap, although the book wasn't released until 1934. However the jacket is exceptionally bright and otherwise fine, and about.25" taller than the finished version, to which we have compared it (although otherwise identical to it). The jacket was unsigned by Hawkins, unlike most of his work, but is credited to him in Heller and Chwast's seminal study of jacket design, Jackets Required--the survival of this proof in his estate seems to confirm their research. A milestone of hardboiled literature that was the basis for the classic 1946 film featuring Lana Turner and John Garfield (as well as at least three other versions). Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone. This proof jacket is likely unique. See this book in 3D on our site.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Light wear, else near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing to the crown of the spine and some light reinforcement to the front panel. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper. Housed in a custom half morocco box. "It is sometimes easy to trace a literary genre to its source, and James M. Cain's first novel, The Postman Always Rings Twice, is the noir novel that paved the way for all the noir fiction that followed. The famous film starring Lana Turner and John Garfield is notoriously dark, but the novel is even more full of despair and devoid of hope. It is a short book--little more than a novella--but its searing characterization and depiction of tawdry greed and lust is branded into every reader's memory" (Otto Penzler). Listed on Modern Library as one of the 100 great novels of the twentieth century.
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