The first edition, second printing of The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements by Eric Hoffer, signed by Hollywood activist and star of Citizen Kane, Dorothy Comingore.
Octavo, xiii, 176pp. Gray cloth, title on spine in black. Date code “E-A” on copyright page, lacking first edition statement. Foxing to endpapers, light soiling to cloth covers. Paired with the publisher’s second state dust jacket, $2.50 on front flap, reviews on rear panel, bright illustrations, a near fine copy. Signed in pencil on the front free endpaper by Dorothy Comingore.
Dorothy Comingore (1913-1971) was the breakout star of Citizen Kane, the critically acclaimed film by Orson Welles. As her fame grew, so did the FBI’s attention to her suspected communist activities. In 1952 she declined to answer questions when called in front of the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HCUA), resulting in her being blacklisted from Hollywood. She never worked in Hollywood again and struggled with alcoholism in her later years.