Publication: The Macmillan Company, 1961, New York
First edition. Author's first book. Fine in dust jacket with light wear to the extremities. "Story about an unusual young man driven by an unceasing, inner necessity to prove himself ... his courage, his manhood, his right to choose a way of life alien to his background. Shelly Foreston has entered the tense, gaudy, and itinerant world of rodeo as a professional rodeo clown. Successful at the hazardous and difficult job of distracting the bulls until their riders can leave the ring, Shelly longs to become one of the great bronc riders of the circuit." Even in his chosen way of life, Shelly is a lone individual who is set apart by his relentless determination to realize his dream. In the end, it is Shelly's stubbornness and determination to be the best that he is finally defeated.
Inventory Number: 10798