First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good / No Dust Jacket. Item #4780
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1949. First Edition. Signed by Deighton to William Safire on front free endpaper with inscription: "For Bill Safire, A fast boy with a note book, a quick lad with his mind -- and I hope a kind guy with his pen! Cordially, Isabel Leighton, October 21, 1949." Octavo; 491pp. Beige cloth-covered boards with red title block to spine. Lacks dust jacket. Boards show a dampstain at tail of spine and along bottom back, not affecting interior, with some toning to cloth and some dulling to lettering on spine. A few pencil notes on rear free endpaper and underlining in Deighton's bio at back, else pages unmarked. Binding is sound.
Collection of articles on life in the U.S. between the wars, edited by actress and writer Isabel Deighton. Signed in 1949 to 20-year-old William Safire, who that year started his first journalism job writing the profile column "Close-up" for the New York Herald Tribune. Safire would go on to a long and successful career as a columnist, novelist, and presidential speech writer.