First edition of this collection of articles written for the NEW YORK HERALD TRIBUNE during Steinbeck's time as a war correspondent in World War II.
Near fine in like dust jacket.
ONCE THERE WAS A WAR
"Perhaps it is right or even necessary to forget accidents, and wars are surly accidents to which our species seems prone."
In his introduction, John Steinbeck identifies a sense of impostor syndrome as he went to war zones as "a kind of tourist," "in the costume of a war correspondent and certainly did not fight." His literary handling of reporting on the people and events of the war presents a unique perspective on well-known events.
Read more: Adrian H. Goldstone and John R. Payne, John Steinbeck: A Bibliographical Catalogue, item A37a.
New York: The Viking Press, 1958. 8.5'' x 5.25''. Original half yellow cloth binding with brown boards, red spine lettering. Original unclipped ($3.95) color pictorial dust jacket designed by Don Freeman. Red topstain. xxi, 234 pages. Small initials stamp to rear pastedown, "G. F. G." Jacket with mild edgewear, and bit of bumping to lower spine. Binding spine ends mildly bumped. Sharp and bright.
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