First American Edition. Sugar dustjacket art. Collection of four stories dealing with Lithuanian peasant life, superstitions, incantations, and even murder. The title story served as the basis for perhaps the most important production of Hollywood's silent era of cinema, Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, starring Janet Gaynor and George O'Brien and directed by German expressionist, F. W. Murnau. Long considered the greatest production of the silent movie era, it was the only film to win the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science's Best Picture award in the category of "Artistic Quality of Production". In 2007, the American Film Institute ranked this as the #82 Greatest Movie of All Time. The film was remade with less lyrical and more realistic tones, under the auspices of Nazi Germany, by Veit Harlan, in 1939. Ownership signature of Communist author, Conrad Komorowski. Near Fine in Very Good dustjacket, shallow chipping along top edge of jacket, centimeter sized chip at lower front panel, inch closed tear at top front panel.