New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1930.
First edition. 328 pp. plus ads. 1 vols. 8vo. Black cloth. Two small holes in front joint at foot of spine, bottom edge of front cover rubbed, else very good in a chipped dust jacket Barzun & Taylor 2119. Item #51471
S.S. Van Dine was, during his heyday, one of the most popular detective writers among both the mass audience and "intellectuals". He is better remembered today for his critical writings under his real name, especially his attack on the Encyclpdia Britannica in "Misinforming a Nation". Wright is also of some minor importance in the blossoming of American critical writing during the first half of the 20th century.