"Prohibition Made Me a Million Dollars" Anonymous (Kauffman, Reginald Wright [1877-1959]). The Real Story of a Bootlegger. New York: Boni and Liveright, . [x], 238 pp. Cloth, gilt titles to front board and spine, recased, hinges mended. Light wear to spine ends and corners, negligible faint dampstaining to board edges and spine, spine title oxidized, author inscriptions to front endleaf and title page, light browning to text. Three related letters laid-in. $950. * Only edition. This is an anti-prohibition tract in the form of fictional autobiography by "Anonymous," a recently retired bootlegger. Anonymous ends his book with a four-point argument that demonstrates why Prohibition will never be repealed. That's okay, he writes, because "Prohibition made me a million dollars. If it had not been for [the Prohibitionists and Prohibition laws] I would be running a little beer saloon in a small town" (230). As indicated by the enclosed letters, this book was written by Kauffman, a notable author, novelist, screenwriter, editor and journalist. A Harvard graduate, he began his career as a journalist during World War I and later served as an editorial columnist for the Washington Post, the Boston Transcript, and, from 1934 to 1947, the Bangor Daily News. The first letter is from the librarian of the Bangor Public Library. It was sent along with this book to Kauffman. The librarian describes how he was able to locate a copy and encourages him to reveal his identity to the Library of Congress. The other two are from the Library of Congress. One acknowledges that the book's copyright is now registered to Kauffman. The other, with an enclosed catalogue card, shows that the book has been re-catalogued under his name.
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