New York: The Viking Press, 1950. First Edition. Octavo. Item #022320
159pp., Steinbeck devised a new form, the "play-novelette"...a play that is easy to read or short novel that cam be played simply by lifting out the dialogue. Using this new method, he presents a modern story with elements of a morality play, concerned with basic human drives: love, jealousy, friendship, the desire to have a child. This work provides some startling surprises as the scenes shift. A near fine copy bound in gray-beige cloth lettered in red, spine lettering red, in near fine unclipped dust jacket with some fading to spine (as usual) small closed tear near bottom edge of rear panel, two minute nicks to dust jacket at front fold. A very nice clean copy without names or bookplates.