The Human Comedy by William Saroyan (Book Club Edition 1943)


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This is a very good hardcover with acceptable dust jacket. 1943 Book Club Edition with original illustrations by Donn Freeman. The hardcover itself is very good. Red hardcover boards very good, only light shelf wear. Dust jacket faired less well. Jacket worn and tattered but acceptable as present. Back of jacket has blurb encouraging reader to send the book to a soldier after reading it and offers the address for such and the postage rate of 3 cents per pound.
Inside pages of book are very good, there is only light natural tanning and no marks etc seen. Binding tight and straight.

Originating as a film script, William Saroyan intended to produce and direct the script as a film. But, he was dropped from the project and left the set and immediately set forth to novelize the script. The story of Homer, a young fatherless boy is growing up in CA. His older brother is off fighting the war and Homer feels he needs to be the man of the family at home. His evening job is to deliver telegraphs, sometimes to a family that their son has died in the War. Yet Homer still maintains his normal life, going to school, church and the movies.
This optimistic novel was an instant bestseller and Academy Award winner for Best Story.

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