First Edition of C.S. Forester's The Good Shepherd; Inscribed by Him
The Good Shepherd.
Item Number: 87455
London: Michael Joseph, 1955.
First edition of this nautical and war novel, basis for the film Greyhound, scripted by and starring Tom Hanks, directed by Aaron Schneider, produced by Gary Goetzman. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated endpapers. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Simon Virgo, with best wishes from C.S. Forester.” Near fine in very good dust jacket. Jacket design by David Cobb.
The hero of The Good Shepherd is Commander Krause, the captain of the fictional US Navy Mahan-class destroyer USS Keeling in World War II. Krause is in overall command of an escort force protecting an Atlantic convoy in the Battle of the Atlantic. He finds himself in a difficult position. The voyage in question occurs early in 1942, shortly after America's entry into the war. Although he is a career Navy officer, with many years of seniority, this is Krause's first wartime mission. The captains of the other vessels in the escort group are junior to him in rank, and much younger, but they have been at war for over two years. Basis for the motion picture Greyhound, scripted by and starring Tom Hanks, directed by Aaron Schneider, produced by Gary Goetzman.