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PEARCE, Donn.

Cool Hand Luke.

Stock Code
99288
New York, Charles Scribner's & Sons, 1965
£450

After an abruptly curtailed career in the US Merchant Marines, Pearce was jailed for attempting to pass counterfeit currency to a police officer in Marseilles. After a short spell of incarceration he escaped and with forged seaman's papers, managed to jump on a ship to Canada.

On crossing the border back to his native United States, he embarked on a new career as a safe-cracker, landing back in jail in 1949 at the age of twenty. Whilst serving a two year sentence in a Florida chain gang he found the inspiration for 'Cool Hand Luke'.

Pearce subsequently co-wrote the screenplay adaptation for the 1967 film starring Paul Newman in the titular role of Luke, the brashly defiant loner who plays it cool. The movie went on to win four Academy award nominations and is considered a touchstone of the era and a classic of cinema.

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Description

First edition, first impression; 8vo; original blue publishers cloth with green lettering to spine, a little bumped and rubbed; original unclipped dust-jacket designed by Ivy Riekstins, minor tear to front flap; a good copy.

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