Very Good / Very Good. Item #10213
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1945. Stated First Edition with publisher's D-U code (April 1945) on copyright. Octavo; ix, [x-xii], 238pp. Illustrated dust jacket with $2.50 price intact; book in brown cloth with black and gilt lettering. Jacket shows a small chip at top front near spine and a couple clean tears near top front corner (repaired on the inside with tape), along with several smaller chips and tears along edges, sunning to spine, and some general scuffs and smudges to surface. Boards bumped at corners and spine ends, but sturdy and square with bright lettering. Pages a bit toned as expected from wartime manufacturing requirements, but clean and unmarked. Binding is sound.
First of three novels by Brooks, better known as a screenwriter, director, and producer on such films as Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, In Cold Blood, Blackboard Jungle, Elmer Gantry, and others. The Brick Foxhole itself was basis for the 1947 RKO film Crossfire, adapted by John Paxton and starring Robert Young, Robert Mitchum, Robert Ryan, and some other people not named Robert, with the central murder's motive shifted from homophobia to anti-semitism due to the Hays Code's prohibition of homosexual themes.
[Slide, Anthony. Lost Gay Novels (2003) pp. 38-42].