First Edition of William Goldman's Soldier in the Rain; Signed by Him
Soldier in the Rain.
Item Number: 78036
New York: Atheneum Publishers, 1960.
First edition of this novel which concerns the friendship between an Army Master Sergeant and a young country bumpkin buck sergeant. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by William Goldman on the title page. Near fine in avery good dust jacket. Jacket design by Guy Fleming.
"Unbelievable as it may sound, William Goldman has pulled off a minor miracle by writing at this late date a genuinely funny and touching novel about barracks life. If nothing else, the book is worth the price of admission for its explanation of the ground rules of a game called 'Grading Women'... There is a full, rich measure of reading pleasure in this book that expertly runs the gamut from belly laughs to tearjerking. Long after you've forgotten the details of the incidents, you'll remember the warm thread of compassion that runs through the book. Soldier in the Rain, to put it bluntly and as clearly as possible, is a marvelous book and William Goldman is a most talented novelist." It was the basis for the 1963 American comedy film directed by Ralph Nelson and starring Jackie Gleason, Steve McQueen and Tuesday Weld, with the music by Henry Mancini.