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THE DEVIL IN THE BOOK

Trumbo, Dalton:

Los Angeles: California Emergency Defense Committee. May 1956. First edition. First edition. Limited edition, signed by Dalton Trumbo. Publisher’s original stapled white card covers, printed in black. A very near fine copy, the binding firm with light toning at the cover extremities. The contents are clean throughout and without previous owner’s inscriptions or stamps. An excellent example. Limited to 750 of which this is number 251 and signed by Dalton Trumbo in red ink to the inside of the upper cover. American screenwriter and novelist Dalton Trumbo was one of the Hollywood Ten, refusing to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947 during the committee's investigation into Communist influences in the motion picture industry. He went from being one of Hollywood’s highest paid screenwriters to being blacklisted and forced to work clandestinely, producing work under many different pseudonyms. His uncredited work won two Academy Awards for Roman Holiday (1953) and The Brave One (1956). This publication is the author’s analysis of the conviction of the 14 California Smith Act defendants. In November 2015 the Jay Roach directed motion picture “Trumbo” was released with Bryan Cranston in the lead. For his portrayal of Trumbo, Cranston was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor (won by Leonardo DiCaprio for The Revenant). Further details and images for any of the items listed are available on request. Lucius Books welcomes direct contact with our customers.

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The Devil in the Book (Signed Limited Edition)

Trumbo, Dalton

Los Angeles: California Emergency Defense Committee, 1956. First Edition. Paperback. Very Good+. Original stapled wraps; lightly tanned on the edges, but still very nice. Copy 585 of 750 numbered copies signed by Dalton Trumbo in red ink on the verso of the front cover. A suprisingly scarce book to find in the signed limited edition. After being blacklisted during the "Red Scare" era, he continued working under various aliases, and won two Academy Awards for uncredited work (Roman Holiday and The Brave One).

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THE DEVIL IN THE BOOK

Trumbo, Dalton

Los Angeles: California Emergency Defense Committee, 1956. First Edition. Pamphlet. Near fine. This is #109 of a limited edition of 750 copies signed by Dalton Trumbo. The American novelist and screenwriter, who scripted films including Roman Holiday, Exodus, Spartacus, and Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, Trumbo (1905-76) aligned with the Communist Party in the United States before the 1940s, although he did not join the party until 1943. He was an isolationist. One of the Hollywood Ten, he refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in 1947 during the committee's investigation of Communist influences in the motion picture industry. He was subsequently blacklisted by that industry, though he continued working clandestinely, writing under other authors' names. This pamphlet, published five and a half years after Trumbo served eleven months in the federal penitentiary in Ashland, Kentucky for contempt of Congress, analyzes the conviction of fourteen California Smith Act defendents: "As the Supreme Court moves to review the Smith Act convictions, the American people must also review them and enter the struggle to overthrow them. The old and not very valorous strategy of tossing Communists to the wolves in despairing hope that the civil rights of all others will then be spared has not worked. The appetite of the Department of Justice and the FBI has proved insatiable." The Smith Act set criminal penalties for advocating the overthrow of the U.S. government and required all non-citizen adult residents to register with the government. A series of Supreme Court decisions in 1957 reversed a number of convictions under the act as unconstitutional. Octavo. Original printed paper wrappers. Some mild browning to the extremities; else near fine.

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THE DEVIL IN THE BOOK

Trumbo, Dalton

Los Angeles: California Emergency Defense Committee, 1956. First edition. Paperback. A very good, clean copy staple bound in the original wrappers, as issued. #216 of 750 numbered copies signed by Dalton Trumbo in red ink on the verso of the front cover (which serves as the colophon page). Trumbo was one of the "Hollywood 10" who were blacklisted by the powers that be for being a Communist sympathizer. This book was published in 1956 and is an analysis of the conviction of the 14 California Smith Act defendants. The statute set criminal penalties for advocating the overthrow of the U.S. government and required all non-citizen adult residents to register with the government. Trumbo, 1905-1976, was a novelist (Johnny Got His Gun) and screenwriter (Roman Holiday, Exodus, Spartacus, and Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo). One of the Hollywood Ten, he refused to testify before the House un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in 1947 during the committee's investigation of Communist influences in the motion picture industry. He was subsequently blacklisted by that industry. He continued working clandestinely, producing work under other authors' names. His uncredited work won two Academy Awards: one for Roman Holiday (1953) given to a front writer, and the one for The Brave One (1956) was awarded to a pseudonym.

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The devil in the book

Trumbo, Dalton

Los Angeles: California Emergency Defense Committee, 1956. Pamphlet. 42p., wraps slightly shelf worn with traces of soiling else very good condition, first printing, signed by Trumbo, no. 162 of 750 copies. "An analysis of the Smith Act trial in California by one of the Hollywood figures indicted for refusing to answer questions on political beliefs before the Un-American Activities Committee." *Seidman T118.

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THE DEVIL IN THE BOOK.

Trumbo, Dalton.

LOS ANGELES: CALIFORNIA EMERGENCY DEFENSE COMMITTEE.. Very Good. 1956. First Edition. First Trade Edition. Very good+ to Nf. in stapled white printed wrappers. (Light soiling & age toning to covers) (LR) .

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The Devil in the Book

TRUMBO, Dalton

(Los Angeles): (California Emergency Defense Committee), 1956. Near Fine. First edition. Some slight tanning to the edges, else fine in stapled wrappers.

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The Devil in the Book.

Trumbo, Dalton.

Los Angeles: California Emergency Defense Committee, 1956. Paperback First Edition; first printing 8.25" x 5.25". 42pp. Stapled illustrated wrappers. Light soiling to the rear wrapper, else nice VG+ condition. A discussion of McCarthy Era persecution of supposed Communists and of the Smith Act. An interesting record of Cold War hysteria. By the author of Johnny Got His Gun.

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THE DEVIL IN THE BOOK

Trumbo, Dalton

Los Angeles: California Emergency Defense Committee, 1956. (1st Edition). Stapled Paper Wraps. Very Good. 42p. 1st printing. Cover and page edge lightly brown. "An analysis of the Smith Act trial in California by one of" the Hollywood Ten. [Seidman, T118] (8-1/4"x5-1/4")

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The Devil In The Book

Trumbo, Dalton

LA: Calif Emerg Defense Comm. 1956. First Edition. Paperback. Wraps, near fine. Extra postage may be required for heavy or oversize books. .

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The Devil in the Book

Trumbo, Dalton

Softcover. Very Good. Los Angeles, CA: California Emergency Defense Committee, May 1956. Thin, tight bound 8vo pamphlet in wraps. Cover wraps are lightly toned around the edges, otherwise in very nice condition. A discussion about the terrible "McCarthy Era" persecution of supposed Communists and the Smith Act (part of the Alien Registration Act of 1940) under which thousands of men and women found their careers in ruins, hundreds were delivered into jail, and two at least, were probably murdered. Convicted of being Communists - most of whom were not - without proof in the period of hysteria during the height of the cold war. The Smith Act is much like the Homeland Security Act passed during the hysteria of 911 and used by government to prosecute people for supposed crimes against the government. An eye opening pamphlet!

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The Devil in the Book

Trumbo, Dalton

Los Angeles: California Emergency Defense Committee, 1956. Trumbo's expose critique of the Smith Act which led to McCarthyism and blacklisting, which Trumbo himself targeted. 42 pp. White black lettered and decorated card covers, with tiny stains around staples on spine. May, 1956. Published to raise funds for legal defense of those who were accused.. First Edtion. Soft Cover. Very Good. Small 8 Vo.

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