First Edition. Paul Laune dustjacket art. Uncommon Wisconsin set novel. "The Cherry Bed is an indictment of small town middle-class people written in the vernacular. It bites. They live in all their shallowness, meanness and would be sophistication". Kelm (1908-1987) was born in Portage, Wisconsin and would go on to publish over fifty short stories and two books. In the 1930s, Kelm and his brother were the editors of their own literary magazine, the Dubuque Dial. Near Fine in dustjacket split at rear spine edge and mended at verso with thick clear tape, else Very Good.