Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1950. First edition. Hardcover. 403pp. Octavo [22 cm] Red cloth with black rules and title printed in blue on backstrip. Very good/Near fine. Light rubbing and nicking to corners of jacket. Lower right corners of jacket's rear panel torn with loss and small tape 'repair'. Item #16915
Signed by the author in black ink on the title page. A scarce Stegner novel based on the life of Joe Hill. Joe Hill was executed by a firing squad at the old territorial prison in Salt Lake City, in what became known as the "shot heard round the world", setting off labor riots in major U.S. cities and capitals around the globe. Joe Hill's last words were "don't mourn, organize". Joe Hill, along with Mother Jones and Big Bill Heywood, were the most famous of all the anarchist wobbly leaders of the early 20th century. Colberg #A11.1.a.