New York: Counterattack, 1950. Illustrated Wrappers. First Edition of this landmark of McCarthy-era blacklisting in the entertainment industry. Demy 8vo (210 x 140mm): ,213,pp. Publisher's illustrated staple-bound cream paper wrappers printed in scarlet and black. Light wear and toning to covers, but tightly bound and clean throughout, an excellent example. Near Fine+. Item #BB2503
In 1947, Alfred Kohlberg, an American textile importer and ardent member of the anti-Communist China Lobby, funded an organization called American Business Consultants, which issued a "newsletter of facts to combat Communism," Counterattack. Red Channels, published by Counterattack on June 22, 1950, listed the names of 151 actors, musicians, authors, and entertainers said to be Communist sympathizers or liberal dupes. The list included Dorothy Parker, Orson Welles, Leonard Bernstein, Dashell Hammet, Lillian Hellman, Gypsy Rose Lee, Arthur Miller, and Pete Seeger, as well as the reasons for listing each name and a detailed roster of similarly suspected organizations. Many of those listed were already being denied work, but inclusion on this list amounted to formalized blacklisting. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).