Caldwell, ID: Caxton Printers, 1942. 1st. Hardcover. First Edition. 288 pp. Orange cloth with black lettering. A very good copy (owner name; light wear to extremities, more so to spine ends; slight fading to spine; light soiling), still a nice copy of the uncommon first edition of this classic work of Los Angeles fiction. Item #18082
A collection of 21 short stories, some of them first published in Esquire and the Sunday magazine of the Los Angeles Times, reflecting on life in Los Angeles in the 1920s and 1930s.Turner's subjects are the unseen, the ordinary, those outside the spotlight: a movie director who gives up Hollywood, a retiree in a “tourist hotel” on Bunker Hill. In “The Farmer Who Was a Great Genius,” an indigent Mexican grows “marihuana” in the potted palm trees along Broadway; “The Patriot Who Became a Man About Town” involved a drunk who masquerades as a revolutionary, and seduces an actress by giving her forged autographs of the stars. - LA Times. (Baird & Greenwood 2446).