Laughter in Hell
Place Published: New York
Publisher: Albert & Charles Boni, Inc. Publishers
Date Published: 1932
Edition: First edition
Book Id: 42225
266pp. Duodecimo [19 cm] Gray cloth over boards with a black ink stamped title and decorative stamping on the spine. Publisher's red top stain. Very good. The extremities are slightly rubbed, bumped and soiled, and the spine is rolled. There are multiple tiny areas of abrasion in the cloth along the fore edge of the front cover. There is a previous owner's bookplate on the front pastedown, and the pages have sporadic small, light stains.
A tale set in the 1880s, about an Irish-American railroad worker who is convicted of killing his wife and her lover in a jealous rage, and then sentenced to a chain gang. At the time of publication, chain gang stories were popular, and this story was made into a Universal Film, starring Pat O' Brien, a film which was thought until recently to be long-lost.