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1 (Appel, Benjamin) "Property Protected" [story] (in Esquire, March 1937)
Chicago Esquire, Inc. (March 1937) NO (Vol. VII, No. 3; whole No. 40) Magazine Very Good+ Illustrated by George Petty, Bernard Karfiol, others 
[nice clean copy, binding (staples) firm, a bit of wear at spine ends, bumping and slight crinkling at upper right corner, one-time owner's name discreetly rubber-stamped in "q" of title on front cover]. (photographs, cartoons, ads, etc.) One of the harder-to-find 1930s issues of "The Magazine for Men," despite its general lack of household-name contributors (which is to say no Fitzgerald or Hemingway), due in large measure to its inclusion of the first appearance of Pietro di Donato's "Christ in Concrete," his story of Italian-American construction workers. It's accompanied by a deliriously laudatory editorial note about the stellar qualities of the story itself and its "almost incredibly talented" author, whose first published writing this was. The editors admit that they had to print the story in an edited (and expurgated) version, due to the unsuitability of some of its language for a general-circulation magazine, but their enthusiasm for it led them to take the unusual step of offering the full-length version as a separately-published softcover book, available by sending a quarter to the Esquire offices. The author later expanded the story to novel-length, for publication by Bobbs-Merrill in 1939. Also in this issue are short stories by Benjamin Appel ("Property Protected," a tale about strikebreakers), Morley Callaghan ("Rendezvous with Self") and Jesse Stuart ("One of God's Oddlings"). There's a lot more, of course -- there always was with Esquire -- including the usual run of full-page, moderately-risque cartoons (by Petty, Howard Baer, Sydney Hoff, Abner Dean, etc.) and George Hurrell photographic glamour portraits of Barbara Stanwyck and Sonja Henie. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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2 Appel, Benjamin Dock Walloper
New York Lion Books, Inc. (166) 1953 First Edition Softcover Very Good 
[moderately edgeworn, light browning to page edges, hinges tender but intact]. Mass Market PB Uncommon paperback original, a collection of short pieces apparently hustled into print to capitalize on the success of Appel's previous Lion paperback, "Hell's Kitchen," which according to the possibly-hyperbolic back-cover blurb on this book had "sold nearly a million copies." This volume contains ten stories: two excerpts from the novels "Brain Guy" and "The Dark Stain"; seven reprinted from various magazines, 1933-1941; and the title story, especially written for this publication. Unlike many hard-boiled writers of his day, Appel never wrote for the pulps; the stories collected here originally appeared in relatively obscure publications like "Blast: A Magazine of Proletarian Short Stories" and "Manuscript," although he also had stories published in mainstream mags like "Collier's" and "Esquire." 
Price: 50.00 USD
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3 Appel, Benjamin The People Talk: American Voices from the Great Depression
New York Simon & Schuster/Touchstone 1982 (c.1940) 0671438093 / 9780671438098 1st thus Softcover Near Fine 
[nice and tight, a little edgewear to covers, remainder stamp on bottom edge]. Trade PB Reprint of this oral history of the Great Depression, originally published in 1940; new introduction by Nathan Glazer. 
Price: 7.00 USD
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4 Appel, Benjamin The Raw Edge
New York Random House (c.1958) First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Edward Sorel 
[very light shelfwear, minor age-toning to edges of text block; jacket a bit rubbed and lightly soiled, slight wear at base of spine]. "A behind-the-scenes novel of the New York waterfront," by an unjustly overlooked author, once referred to (by me) as "the best damn hardboiled writer you've probably never heard of." 
Price: 18.00 USD
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