Number One (1943)


"The People Are the Republic, The People Are You"

Dos Passos, John. Number One. A Novel. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1943.

Octavo. Hardcover. 1st Edition.

First edition of this classic political novel about the election of a corrupt Southern politician and the ensuing scandal when the blame is placed on a fall guy. Believed by many to be inspired by Dos Passos' interactions with Huey Long, Number One is a high-stake political novel that looks at the corruption underpinning so much of American politics. "Few characters in contemporary fiction are so brilliantly inspired and so faithfully exhibited to public view" (New York Times). Book fine, price-clipped dust jacket near-fine with only light rubbing and toning to extremities.