Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

On The Waterfront
Budd Schulberg


Former boxer Terry Malloy and his brother Charley, the crooked lawyer known to all as ‘the Gent’, are members of the tough, mobster-connected New York Longshoremen Union, run by Johnny Friendly. Johnny and his goons rule the waterfront with an iron fist, meaning that if you want to stay alive, you do things Johnny’s way: plead ‘D & D’ – deaf and dumb. On The Waterfront is one of the most gripping tales of political corruption and individual heroism of our time. The 1954 film, starring Marlon Brando, achieved massive critical acclaim and went on to win eight Oscars, including Best Actor for Brando as well as Best Film and Best Screenplay for Schulberg.

Paperback, 416pp
Allison & Busby, 2008 (1954)
ISBN 9780749080297


BUDD SCHULBERG grew up in Hollywood, his father being one of the founders of the Hollywood film industry. His novels include the legendary What Makes Sammy Run?, On The Waterfront, The Disenchanted, The Harder They Fall, Everything That Moves, two collections of short stories and a memoir. He died in 2009.