New York: Dial Press, 1952. First Edition. Signed and inscribed by Bishop to the front free endpaper.
Bishop, a colleague of Mario Puzo, William Styron, Joseph Heller, Richard Wright, and Harlan Ellison, whose first novel is an account filled with tales of drug addiction and other vices, based on the Bishop's youth in New York City.
The book itself was subject to a censorship case in Youngstown, Ohio, in which all paperback editions the book had been removed from area newsstands pending outcome of charges of distributing obscene material filed by Youngstown police against the book's distributor. Despite its condition issues, a scarce book, let alone one that is inscribed by Bishop. A good copy of Bishop's first novel in a poor but largely complete dust jacket. Item #20