Signed first edition of Block's first novel, a psychological melodrama of prewar marital discontent.
Very good plus in very good jacket.
"Night after night she awakened, stiff with terror. Suppose this were all?"
Highly praised by contemporaries as a portrait of a modern American Madame Bovary, WILD CALENDAR was savagely adapted by Max Ophüls as CAUGHT (1949), a condemnation of a woman's imprisonment in marriage and "an intense corrective to the clichés of the American noir, particularly the perception of a woman as a predatory other who pulls all the strings" (Bowen).
Read more: Chuck Bowen, "Review: Max Ophüls's Caught," Slant Magazine; Johnson, The Dark Page I: 1940-1949, 26.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1946. 8.25'' x 5.5''. Original blind-stamped blue cloth with gilt-lettered spine. Red topstain. In original unclipped ($2.75) dust jacket. Signed by Block on front free endpaper. Jacket somewhat edgeworn, with large ship to spine foot and smaller bits of loss at head and center. Small spot of dampstain to top edge.
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