"IF YOU LOOKED BEHIND THE PICTURE, AND BETWEEN THE LINES YOU MIGHT EVEN DISCOVER WHAT MADE HIM RUN": FIRST EDITION OF BUDD SCHULBERG'S WHAT MAKES SAMMY RUN?
SCHULBERG, Budd. What Makes Sammy Run? New York: Random House, (1941). Octavo, original blue cloth, original dust jacket. Housed in a custom clamshell box.
First edition of Schulberg's controversial first novel—"one of the best Hollywood novels ever written"—winner of the National Critics’ Choice award for Best First Novel.
Recalling the genesis of his breakthrough book, screenwriter and novelist Budd Schulberg said it arose from a sense that "the seasons of success and failure are more violent in America than anywhere else on earth… and that Hollywood was only an exaggerated version" of this dynamic. Published on his 27th birthday, this remains "one of the best Hollywood novels ever written… a minor classic of this form" (Vinson, 1218-19). His story of an ambitious young man's meteoric rise to become head of a major studio prompted the New York Times to call it "unquestionably one of the most interesting and promising first novels to appear in several years." F. Scott Fitzgerald praised it as "a grand book, utterly fearless." "First printing" stated on copyright page.
Book fine; bright price-clipped dust jacket with reinforcement to folds, light edge-wear, price-clipped dust jacket.