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    William Lindsay Gresham. Nightmare Alley. New York, Toronto: Rinehart and Company, Inc., [1946]. First edition. First printing with Rinehart monogram on copyright page. Octavo, pp. [1-10] [1-2] 3-275 [376-378: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank], original black cloth, spine panel stamped in green and gold, top edge stained green, fore-edge untrimmed. A nearly fine copy, with bright green top edge stain not faded, in good dust jacket with wear at edges, several short closed tears along folds, some dust soiling to rear panel, and some age-darkening, most noticeable on the rear panel and along flap folds.

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    The author's first book. "Grotesque thriller in which a carnival huckster tries to exploit the tricks of his trade in carving out a career as a high society occultist. Its deployment of carnival bizarrerie links it to THE CIRCUS OF DR. LAO (1935) and SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES (1962)." - Barron (ed), Fantasy and Horror 4-58. Basis for the 1947 film noir of the same title directed by Edmund Goulding, starring Tyrone Power and Joan Blondell. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 3-76.

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