Thursday, June 27, 2013

The "Jim" Cain Mystery

In a box of (primarily) romance, we discovered what may well be an inscription, from James M. Cain to a friend of the same name, in a first printing of Serenade.

It reads as follows:

"Friend Jim,
If this offering fails to revive your stagnant risabilities (sic) may I never write another
'Jim' Cain.

We've been unable to find an example of Mr. Cain's signature that isn't the more formal James M. Cain- but we're hoping someone out there has one at the ready.  The image of the inscription we have appears below.  Thanks for the mystery, "Jim" Cain.


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