First Edition of Gentleman's Agreement; Signed by Academy Award Winning Actor Gregory Peck

  • Gentleman’s Agreement.

Gentleman’s Agreement.

Item Number: 81205

New York: Simon & Schuster, 1947.

First edition of one of the earliest American novels to address antisemitism in the United States and the basis for the Academy Award-winning film of the same name, starring Gregory Peck. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Gregory Peck on the title page. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some wear to the spine. Rare and desirable signed by Peck.

Laura Z. Hobson’s 1947 novel Gentleman's Agreement was one of the earliest American novels to explore the problem of anti-Semitism in the United States. In a contemporary review The New York Times described it as "a story of the emotional disturbance that occurs within a man who elects, for the sake of getting a magazine article, to tell people that he is a Jew and who experiences first-hand, as a consequence, the shock and pain of discriminations and social snubs." The book became a runaway bestseller, selling over 1.6 million copies. It reached No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list in April 1947 and was immediately adapted into the1947 film of the same name starring Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire and John Garfield. The film was nominated for eight Oscars and won three: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress (Celeste Holm), and Best Director (Elia Kazan). In 2017, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."