London: Arthur Barker Ltd, 1937`. Second Edition thus. Hardcover. Second Cheap Edition of McCoy’s first book—beautifully inscribed—about the tragic finale of a marathon dance during the Depression. Crown 8vo (184 x 121mm): ,186,pp. Publisher's red cloth, lettered and ruled in black. Inscribed on fly leaf, apparently to a friend: "To Shep— / in friendship— / Horace / Aug, 1940" An excellent example, about Fine (dust-soiled top edge, nicks to spine ends), tightly bound and clean throughout. Hanna 2287 (for first trade edition). Fine-. Item #BB2343
First published in 1935, in New York, and brilliantly filmed, in 1969, by Sydney Pollack, with Jane Fonda, Michael Sarrazin, Bruce Dern, and Gig Young. "Shortly after arriving in Hollywood [in 1931], McCoy began work on a story about a marathon dance. It began as a short story, became a screen treatment, and evolved into a novel. Rejected by the studios, it was published as They Shoot Horses, Don' t They? It was not a commercial success, reportedly selling three thousand copies. And it provoked a wide and varied response among contemporary reviewers in America. . . . [but] enjoyed much greater success in Europe, especially France. It was translated in the forties and by 1947 McCoy was regarded there as among the great writers of American fiction." (Literary Encyclopedia) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.