New York: Samuel French, (1930).
First edition, paperbound issue, issued simultaneously with a hardbound version. Preface by Warden Lewis E. Lawes. Some discoloration to the pages (as in all copies we've seen) from over-lubricated presses, else a fine, tight copy in wrappers. Ownership stamp of theatrical agent Audrey Wood on the half-title. Inscribed by the author to Wood and her husband, who apparently represented Wexley: "To Audrey & Bill, Happy we are together -- John Wexley 2/14/46." An acting edition, and the true first edition. Classic prison drama was the basis for two films, the 1932 Samuel Bischoff version with Howard Phillips and Preston Foster; and the 1959 Howard W. Koch version with Mickey Rooney. The author also wrote or co-wrote several screenplays including Angels With Dirty Faces and The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse.