End As A Man

New York: Vanguard Press, 1947

8vo, pp. 350. Original black boards, lettered in silver on spine. Age-toned, offsetting to endpapers, one page (p.335) carelessly opened, resulting in a thumbnail-sized chip to leading edge not affecting text. In a very good dustwrapper, a little worn and scuffed, some chipping with loss to spine ends, paper tender at spine folds.

First edition of the author's first book, based on the time he spent as a cadet at the Citadel, a military college in South Carolina. The novel skewers the overblown, homoerotic machismo he found there. Obscenity charges were filed (unsuccessfully) against the publisher, which gave the book a publicity boost. A stage version followed, and the film adaptation (The Strange One (1957)) marked the debut of Ben Gazzara in the lead role. Willingham went on to a successful screenwriting career: Kubrick's Paths of Glory, Brando's One Eyed Jacks, and Mike Nichol's The Graduate -- Willingham and Buck Henry were Oscar-nominated for their adaptation of Charles Webb's book.
A very good copy in the first issue dustjacket, with no reviews on the rear panel.
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Keywords: Calder Willingham

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