Inscribed first printing of the novel adapted into the 1979 classic cult film of the same name directed by Walter Hill.
Near fine in a very good jacket.
"The plot — or rather the motif — had been lying around for thousands of years: the hero journey through adversities [...] The plot of this journey had been waiting for me for some twenty-four hundred years." — Sol Yurick
Informed by his own work as a social investigator for the New York Department of Welfare, Yurick's debut 1965 novel, like the 1979 movie from which it was adapted, tells the story of the eponymous teenage gang wrongly accused of a murder and stranded far from their home turf. Modeled on Xenophon's Anabasis, the novel follows the teens through New York City as they try — like Xenophon's soldiers — to return safely home. But whereas in Walter Hill's adaptation the tale is set in an almost mythic alternate Gotham, Yurick's novel is decidedly grittier and more realistic. It is increasingly uncommon in its first edition, and quite scarce signed by Yurick.
Read more: Sol Yurick, "How I Came to Write THE WARRIORS and What Happened After."
New York / Chicago / San Francisco: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1965. 8'' x 5.25''. Original black board. In original unclipped ($3.95) pictorial dust jacket designed by Lawrence Ratzkin. 192 pages. Inscribed by Yurik on the front free endpaper: "To Craig / Sol / 7/17/70." Two old small penned prices to front flap of jacket and faint penned mark to rear panel. Some toning to extremities with mild edgewear. Small tape repair to verso of jacket. Touches of soil to rear panel. Book itself overall sharp and clean.
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