Moon Over Broadway

By: Hellinger, Mark

Price: $35.00

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Book Condition: Good


(no dust jacket) [spine slightly turned, worn/frayed at spine ends, also some wear to cloth along front joint; embossed stamp "The Library of Carey Wilson" (Hollywood producer/writer) on both endpapers, vintage bookseller's label (Satyr Book Shop, Hollywood/Los Angeles) on rear pastedown]. Hellinger's first book, a collection of 55 hard-boiled O. Henry-esque vignettes of (mostly) New York life. Divided into three sections, "Morning," "Noon," and "Night," most of the pieces are no longer than about three pages, and primarily center around various characters he encountered during his years as a newspaper columnist, a position (by his own account) that he essentially failed into, having coming to the journalistic game after taking a stab at advertising and having gotten fired from an assortment of minor jobs. Although he was only 28 at the time of this book's appearance, he had already been a reporter and columnist for various New York newspapers for nearly a decade, and had also dabbled in writing and acting (both on the stage and for the movies). The stories here are all presented as though he was reporting his own experiences; although writing about others, he frequently narrates in the first person, and other characters often address him as "Mr. Hellinger" or "Mark." According to his only biographer, Jim Bishop, the hard-boiledness was a deliberate affectation, as in reality "his own heart ... was about as rocklike as a pound of butter in a summer sun." Hellinger ultimately went Hollywood all the way in 1937, and for the last decade of his life produced movies (including some awfully good ones) for Warner Bros. and other studios.

Title: Moon Over Broadway

Author: Hellinger, Mark

Illustrator: Illustrated by (dj) [Eli?] Jacobi

Categories: *NEW ARRIVALS,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New York, William Faro, Inc.: 1931

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

Seller ID: 24676

Keywords: New York City Short Stories Columnists