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1 Hecht, Ben A CHILD OF THE CENTURY
New York: Primus/Donald I. Fine, Inc., (1985). 091765742X / 9780917657429 First edition thus. Introduction by Sidney Zion. Hardcover. Fine, in red cloth over grey boards; in a mildly age-toned, else fine illustrated dust jacket. [655] pages, including index. 
"To write a great autobiography, you have to live it. And while most writers are lucky to live half a life and are seldom comfortable doing it, Ben Hecht lived in a dozen worlds, enjoying them as if he were a citizen of each."-Sidney Zion, from his intro. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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2 Hecht, Ben CHARLIE: The Improbable Life and Times of Charles MacArthur
New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, (1957). B0007DM59E Publisher's reprint. Hardcover. Minor spotting to the top page edges, off-setting to the endsheets, else near fine; in dust jacket with light wear, mild rubbing and soiling, and a few brown stains at the shelf edges. 
Illustrated with photos in b&w. This is a witty and glamorous history of a remarkable man, a legendary newspaperman, and one of the top screenwriters of Hollywood's heyday. Hecht and MacArthur co-wrote the classic American play, THE FRONT PAGE. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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3 Hecht, Ben FANTAZIUS MALLARE: A Mysterious Oath
New York and London: A Harvest/HBJ Book/Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, (1978). 0156301601 / 9780156301602 First edition thus: a trade paperback reissue. Trade Paperback. A bit of rubbing to covers, thus near fine, in cardstock wraps. 
Outre (and banned!) novel of an artist's descent into madness from the journalist/screenwriter. Perfectly complemented by Smith's intense b&w drawings in ten plates and decorative initial letters. Dripping with decadence and scorn. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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4 (Hecht, Ben). Fetherling, Doug THE FIVE LIVES OF BEN HECHT
(Toronto, Canada): Lester and Orpen Limited, (1977). 0919630855 / 9780919630857 First edition. Dated in the year of publication and SIGNED by the author to the title-page, with an inscription to producer-director Fletcher Markle. Hardcover. Fine in blue boards stamped in gilt to the spine; frontis-photo of Hecht; in a very faintly rubbed illustrated dust jacket that shows a hint of crimping to spine crown, tiny tear to spine heel. 228 pages; Hecht bibliography, Hecht filmography, index. 
The journalist, playwright, novelist, screenwriter, from his days as a Chicago reporter in the 1920s to his reign as the highest paid scenarist in Hollywood. Laid in: SIGNED note from the author to Markle, thanking him for sharing his memories of Hecht. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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