O'HARA, John. Hope of Heaven. New York: Harcourt, Brace, (1938). Octavo, original black cloth, original dust jacket. $300.
First edition of O'Hara's "Hollywood" novel.
Hope of Heaven is a product of time O'Hara spend trying his hand as a screenwriter in Hollywood, with Jim Malloy, "an almost-thousand-dollar-a-week screenwriter, transplanted from Gibbsville to Hollywood by way of New York" as the main character. "Hope of Heaven divides its attention between Malloy and the young woman he pursues, Peggy Henderson… a pretty employee of a local bookstore and sympathetic to left-wing causes… Malloy's chase proves fruitless" (Wolff, The Art of Burning Bridges, 219-20). Bruccoli A5.1.a. Bookplate.
Book fine, very good dust jacket with wear to extremities, tape repairs to spine.