1942 1st edition, 2nd printing; Random House publishers, New York; hardbound with black and red boards; some fading on boards (see pics); no dust jacket; good condition of book with tight binding; 1942 edition, "Second Printing". See pics. Orignial owner handwritten note inside front board: "Joy from Grandmother, July 9th, 1942".
Meet Me in St. Louis is a 1942 novel by Sally Benson. It is the basis for the 1944 film Meet Me in St. Louis.
The stories were first written as short vignettes in a series, 5135 Kensington, which The New Yorker published from June 14, 1941 to May 23, 1942. Benson took her original eight vignettes and added four more stories for a book compilation with each chapter representing a month of a year (from 1903 to 1904). When the book was published by Random House, it was titled after the MGM film, then in the very early stages of scripting. At MGM, Benson wrote an early draft of the screenplay, but it was not used.