The Black Curtain


by Cornell Woolrich, Simon & Schuster, New York, 1941, first edition. Elusive second mystery novel by this contemporary of Hammett and Chandler, especially praised for his '40s novels. "An Inner Sanctum Mystery." It was filmed in 1942 as "Street Of Chance" starring Burgess Meredith, Clair Trevor and Sheldon Leonard, and became a film noir classic. More than 30 of his other novels and short stories became the basis for movies -- for example, one of his stories became the basis for the classic film, "Rear Window," directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and "The Bride Wore Black," directed by François Truffaut.

Hardcover, red cloth, with DJ. Price of $3.00 at bottom of inside front cover. Ex-Library, stamped as such on inside cover, FFEP and bottom of three pages in book. Typical library gluing of DJ to book. Book Condition: slight cocking, but Good. DJ Condition: Almost separated at spine. Book-size library ad pasted on back cover. Wear at extremities, Fair. An opportunity to have an important early Woolrich at a modest price. (This book, in Fine/Fine condition, goes for around $1,500).

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