Manhattan Nights

By: Baldwin, Faith

Price: $125.00

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Book Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj

[a lovely clean copy, with no significant wear but the very faintest spotting to the bottom page edges (less squinty eyes would call it Fine with nary a pause); jacket lightly soiled at the rear panel, with some light wear and a couple of tiny tears along the top edge, very attractive nonetheless]. "A Panoramic Novel," sayeth the dust jacket -- which is another way of saying that the ever-popular Miss Baldwin (or her publishers) was not above pulling one of the oldest New-York-novelist tricks in the book, that of concocting a stew of "interrelated stories" about a wide array of urban characters, from sophisticated Social Register types to "racketeers, taxi-drivers, maids, actors, secretaries, and interns," in the hope that it would magically bubble into a novel with a unifying central theme. The double-copyright date, though (1936 and 1937), blows its cover: all eight stories in this book were published in Cosmopolitan as novelettes (most under the same titles) from October 1936 through May 1937; were they "interrelated" at that point, I wonder, or was their anthologization the equivalent of a literary shotgun marriage? (One story, by the way, "Comet Over Broadway," was filmed under that title in 1938.) And just to tie up the packaging in a nice neat bow, at the very end of the book is a three-page preview of her next novel, "Twenty-Four Hours a Day," also blurbed on the rear jacket flap.

Title: Manhattan Nights

Author: Baldwin, Faith

Categories: Fiction: Vintage,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New York, Farrar & Rinehart: (c.1937)

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj

Seller ID: 14680

Keywords: Short Stories Movie Source New York City Urban Life