First printing of the gritty melodrama of '50s juvenile delinquency.
Very good in very good jacket.
"You ever flop into some cat's pad, West? You know what screech trumpet is? Are you hip or from nowhere? What do you say, West?"
Iconic semi-autobiographical drama of a tough teacher confronting tougher kids, inspiring not just its own classic film adaptation (starring Glenn Ford and Sidney Poitier in an early major role) but legions of imitators in print and on screen up to the present day. Hunter's hero is an English teacher who would like to intimidate his flock of mean teens with his recondite vocabulary, but finds their disaffection and violence to be a grueling challenge that calls for more than an encyclopedic knowledge of beatnik hipster slang, a "potpourri of bop." Based heavily on Hunter's experience teaching at the Bronx Vocational High School for all of 17 days, THE BLACKBOARD JUNGLE interweaves serious treatment of '50s bigotry and class tensions with the more sensationalized and lurid aspects of youths drawn to gangsterism, hipsterism, and other social ills of the day.
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1954. 8.25'' x 5.5''. Original red and grey cloth boards. In original unclipped ($3.50) dust jacket, designed by Guy Fraumeni. , 309,  pages. Minor scuffing to lower edges of boards. Small bookseller stamp to front free endpaper. Shallow line of soil to lower edge of endpapers. Light rubbing to jacket, with creasing across author portrait on rear panel.
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