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Death in the Fifth Position - Edgar Box
1954 UK hardcover first edition, 1st impression published by Heinemann in London
The notoriously rare British edition
A VG+ book in price clipped dust jacket
Book shows no names or stamps, some age tanning, tight and square
The jacket has light wear to eadges, some age tanning to rear panel - overall solid

A very rare book in jacket and well below retail value
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Death in the Fifth Position - Edgar Box
1952 USA hardback first edition, first impression, Dutton, NY
A VG+ book in VG+ unclipped dust wrapper
Book shows no names, inscriptions etc, tighly bound and square
The dust jacket shows chipping to spine top, minor shelf wear to extremities

A nice clean copy and uncommon
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Death Before Bedtime - Edgar Box
1954 UK hardcover first edition, 1st impression, Heinemann, London
A VG book sadly lacking its dust jacket
Book shows inscription to endpaper
Tight and sqaure some tanning to pages

A scarce book in English edition
For Sale at £10 (approx $16) *DF6 - Delivery Information ~ Free & Subsidised ~ Please Check

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Brief Biography
BOX, Edgar. Pseudonym for Gore Vidal (Eugene Luther Vidal, Jr.) American. Born in West Point, New York, 3 October 1925. Educated at Los Alamos School, New Mexico, 1939-40; Phillips Exeter Academy, New Hampshire, 1940-43. Served in the United States Army, 1943-46: Warrant Officer. Editor, E.P. Dutton, publishers. New York, 1946. Member, Advisory Board, Partisan Review, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1960-71; Democratic-Liberal candidate for Congress, New York, 1960; Member, President's Advisory Committee on the Arts. 1961-63; Co-Chairman, New Party. 1968-71. Recipient: Mystery Writers of America award, for television play, 1954; National Book Critics Circle award, for criticism, 1983

Edgar Box - The Characters
Peter Sergeant
The "pleasantly piggish" looking young press agent, Peter Cutler Sargeant III, is about 30 years old. He is a veteran of three years in the army, four at Harvard and three as drama critic with the "New York Globe." He never had a byline with the "Globe," ghost-writing the column for the regular critic, Milton Haddock, a confirmed alcoholic —when Peter asked for a raise, the "Globe" informed him he was now a free-lance writer, no longer with their staff. He opened a one-man public relations firm in a one-room office with one filing cabinet on Madison Avenue, where a middle-aged lady, Miss Flynn, types his press releases. Murder appears in the most unusual circumstances, as when he takes, as clients a ballet company or an ultra-right-wing U.S. Senator, and when he accepts an invitation to a posh Long Island estate.

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