That Mrs. Renney (Donald Henderson Clarke, 1937)

Dan is passionately, devotedly, slavishly in love with Alice, but Ike invited her to the dance first and she already accepted. Dan is so hurt he wants to show Alice what it’s like, and, well, one thing leads to another and he finds himself married to Helen, an alcoholic would-be actress. Dan’s family is comfortably well off but by no means rich. Nevertheless, Helen milks the Renneys for every penny she can get. Her affairs are notorious, but Dan’s faith is blind to a fault. Once they’re bankrupted, she plans on divorcing him.

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I Can Get It for You Wholesale (Jerome Weidman, 1937)

A self-hating Jew goes into the garment manufacturing business, screws over his partners and sends one to prison for the embezzlement that he in fact carried out himself, all in an attempt to buy an actress enough luxuries that she’ll sleep with him.

It’s a slight story that doesn’t seem to have been all that planned out. I believe Weidman was making it up as he wrote. It’s peppered with vulgar language and slurs, but you know, it really didn’t bother me, because it reads for all the world like a kid awkwardly trying to sound edgy. It’s too juvenile to be offensive.

Inscriptions: an ex libris plate is pasted on the inside front cover. It shows a stylized Viking ship, under which is the name Folmer Sorensen.