New York: Century Co., (1926).
Hardcover. First edition. Spine lettering a bit worn, a faint dampstain on the foredge, a very good plus copy in a very good example of the scarce dustwrapper with some shallow chipping at the spinal extremities, not affecting any lettering. Gloria Swanson's copy, with her ownership Signature and stamp. Anecdotally, this copy was given by Swanson to Van Heflin, who later gave it to a friend. Author's second book, and first book of short stories. Although little known today, Benefield was cited by Edward J. O'Brien, the short story anthologist, along with Ernest Hemingway, Sherwood Anderson, and Manuel Komroff, as one of the four finest short story writers of the 1920s. The first story in this collection, "Carrie Snyder," was the basis for the 1936 film *Valiant is the Word for Carrie* with Harry Carey, Gabby Hayes, and Gladys George, who was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar. A scarce title in jacket, with a nice association.