Lennie said craftily, "Tell me like you done before."
"Tell you what?"
"'Bout the other guys an' about us."
George said, "Guys like us go no fambly. They make a little stake an' then they blow it in. They ain't got nobody in the worl' that gives a hoot in hell about 'em ---"
"But not us," Lennie cried happily. "Tell about us, now."
George was quiet for a moment. "But not us," he said.
"Because I got you an' ---"
"An' I got you. We got each other, that's what, that gives a hoot in hell about us." Lennie cried in triumph.
FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE, SIGNED on the front free endpaper: “For Katherine Lowry / John Steinbeck”.
“This ‘play-novelette,’ a book that [Steinbeck] intended to be both a novella and a script for a play, is a tightly drafted study of bindle stiffs whose dreams he intended to represent the universal longings for a home, ‘the earth longings of a Lennie who was not to represent insanity at all but the inarticulate and powerful yearning of all men,’ he wrote his agent. Both the text and the critically acclaimed 1937 Broadway play (which won the Drama Critics Circle Award for best play that year) made Steinbeck a household name...” (American National Biography)
New York: Viking, 1937. Octavo, original cloth, original dust jacket. First issue, with bullet on p.88. Book with tape residue on front free endpaper (to the right of signature and at the bottom of the page) and rear free endpaper; otherwise fine. Dust jacket in fine condition.