Signed first edition of this tale of resistance written in the early days of America's participation in World War II, adapted into a play and a film.
Very good plus in like dust jacket.
"You know, Doctor, I am a little man and this is a little town, but there must be a spark in little men that can burst into flame."
THE MOON IS DOWN marked the beginning of John Steinbeck's involvement in the US war machine; the year after its publication, he took a position as a war correspondent for the NEW YORK HERALD TRIBUNE, and he wrote several works about US soldiers. Steinbeck adapted the story into a play in the same year as the novel's publication, and it was quickly converted into a film by Twentieth Century-Fox.
Steinbeck's intimate and moving portrayal of an occupied Northern European town resonated throughout wartime Europe. THE MOON IS DOWN earned him the King Haakon VII Freedom Cross, a Norwegian honor for outstanding achievement during war, and editions of the title were surreptitiously published in Nazi-occupied countries.
Read more: Adrian H. Goldstone and John R. Payne, John Steinbeck: A Bibliographical Catalogue, item A16b.
First printing. New York: The Viking Press, 1942. 7.5'' x 4.75''. Original blue cloth binding with blind and silver lettering. Original price-clipped color pictorial dust jacket illustrated by Frank Lieberman. 188 pages. Signed by Steinbeck to title page. Jacket with light edgewear, a couple small chips; rear with mild toning. A bit of scuffing to boards, spine ends bumped; some soil to lower edge. Interior clean.
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