400 Miles from Harlem. Courts, Crime, and Correction.
Hard Cover. New York: Macmillan, 1972. First Edition. Good / Good.
First edition, first printing. Inscribed by Wylie on front free endpaper: "For Rosalind- The good witch who brought nothing but luck, much laughter, fine weather on the Cape- and the most productive interval in my short life. From her friend, Max Wylie / N. Truro - June 22, '73." Publisher's black cloth; in the original dust jacket designed by Alan Peckolick. Book with toning to edges; dust jacket with some light staining to edges of front endpaper, dampstain to bottom edge of rear panel, 1" chip to bottom edge of front panel, more shallow chipping to edges and corners, rear panel toned, front panel bright. Overall, a good or better copy, warmly inscribed by the author. Max Wylie was a writer, producer, and director, who created "The Flying Nun" television series. He was also brother to American writer Philip Wylie, who penned the novel Generation of Vipers (1942). Outside his career, Max Wylie became known as the father of Janice Wylie, who was murdered at age 21, along with her roommate in their Upper East Side apartment. After Janice's murder, Wylie joined the auxiliary police and wrote and lectured on crime prevention. 400 Miles from Harlem discusses a reform of New York's prison system, its title referring to Attica prison in upstate New York. A collection of essays, it details family court, shows Attica from the guards' points of view, and analyzes the career of Anna Kross, New York City Commissioner of Correction from 1954-66.