"THE MOST EFFECTIVE ANTI-WAR STATEMENT IN AMERICAN LITERATURE": FIRST EDITION OF DALTON'S TRUMBO'S JOHNNY GOT HIS GUN, 1939, IN THE ORIGINAL DUST JACKET
TRUMBO, Dalton. Johnny Got His Gun. New York: J.B. Lippincott, (1939). Octavo, original yellow cloth, original dust jacket. $4700.
First edition of Trumbo's powerful award-winning novel, a striking copy in the original dust jacket.
"In what is probably the most effective anti-war statement in American literature, Johnny Got His Gun, Trumbo relates the attempt of a soldier who lost his limbs and the power of all his physical senses, except touch, to communicate his convictions about the Great World War to those already preparing for the next one (Allen, 1386-87). One of Hollywood's premiere screenwriters, Trumbo was blacklisted and jailed for contempt of Congress in 1950, and in 1960 "became the first blacklisted screenwriter to be publicly reinstated" with screen credits in both Exodus and Spartacus. "During his early years as a screenwriter, Trumbo published several novels… Johnny was a great success, winning the American Booksellers Award in 1940… It received considerable renewed attention during the Vietnam War era, and in 1971 Trumbo wrote, directed and partly financed a film version of the book. The film won the Cannes Prix Spécial du Jury and many other awards" (ANB). First edition, first printing: with no edition or printings statement on the copyright page.
Book fine; light edge-wear, single bit of tape reinforcement to verso of bright near-fine dust jacket.