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The Big Rock Candy Mountain
New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, (1943). First Edition. Hardcover Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. 515 pages. Stegner's attempt at the Great American Novel, a tragedy of a family striving for the American dream but ending up in shady, half-baked schemes. Stegner's first big book. According to Colberg, Wallace Stegner: A Descriptive Bibliography, the first printing was around 15,000 copies (A7.1.a). A very good copy in a very good dust jacket with light wear to the edges. This copy is inscribed, 'To Staunton Calvert, with warm remembrances. Wallace Stegner. Breadloaf, Aug. 20, '44.' Calvert appears to have been an aspiring writer from Washington, DC, who published a bit here and there. Below Stegner's signature is a second inscription, probably from one of Calvert's fellow students: 'and the best of regards Lewis Lofton Moneyway - 'Jim'.' Moneyway worked at the Post Office in Washington, DC, and lived at the University Club, where he wrote plays and musicals for the members. A somewhat uncommon book signed, particularly with a contemporary inscription.
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