THE SET-UP. by March, Joseph Moncure (1899-1977)

THE SET-UP. by March, Joseph Moncure (1899-1977) < >


Edition: 6th printing (just one month after the first)

New York: Covici Friede, 1928. Hardcover - A story in verse, set in the seamy and brutal boxing underworld, of an an aging Black boxer and ex-con, Pansy Jones, who is supposed to throw a fight, but when he realizes he has double-crossed by his manager, he revolts and wins the fight, only to be chased to a grisly end. "Pansy had the stuff, but his skin was brown; And he never got a chance at the middleweight crown." An immediate bestseller when it was first published (as is shown by the many printings in 1928) this was also the basis of the award winning 1949 Robert Wise noir film (in fact, this book was dedicated to Sue Wise) although the impact of the film was weakened by removing the racial element and making the boxer - played by Robert Ryan - white. 184 pp.

Condition: Good only in illustrated yellow cloth (wear to edges and corners, some loss at top of spine and a short tear to the side of spine, but contents are clean, binding is straight and sturdy)

Book ID: 88042
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