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Native Son (Novel & Play) by Richard Wright - Signed First Edition - 1941 - from Lyons Fine Books (SKU: 6212)

Native Son (Novel & Play)

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Native Son (Novel & Play)

by Richard Wright

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New York: Harper and Brothers, 1941. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near fine/very good +. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Copy of Native Son, the novel (1940) and copy of Native Son A Play, the play (1941) are housed together in a custom clamshell box, 1/4" Burgandy leather, flat spine stamped in 22kt gold, boards covered Galen Berry hand marbled paper, trays covered in burgundy buckram and lined tan suede. Native Son book - first issue blue cloth title in red and light blue blocks. 1st issue dust jacket in green and yellow; finger nail sized chip head of spine, chips at extremities, crease front flap, several short closed tears. Signed and dated month/year of publication New York on front free end paper. Native Son play - 2nd issue dust jacket that has the reviews on it. Toning to front paste downs, and half title page, appears to have small water marks on title page with shading from the picture on the adjacent page. 1/4" closed tear rear top panel, 1/2" closed tear top spine and 1" closed tear front panel dust jacket, shelf wear.

Synopsis

Richard Wright’s Native Son tells the story of 20-year-old Bigger Thomas, a black American youth living in utter poverty in Chicago's South Side during the 1930s. When Bigger unintentionally murders a white woman, he is put on trial and eventually convicted, and sentenced to the electric chair. Often recognized as a protest novel, Native Son stresses systemic racial issues, prompting the reader to feel both sympathy and empathy for Bigger. In this, the novel is one of the earliest successful attempts to explain the racial divide in America in terms of the conditions imposed on African-Americans by the dominant white society. Soon after publication, Native Son was selected by the Book of the Month Club as its first book by an African-American author. Indeed, the novel was an immediate best seller, selling 250,000 hardcover copies within three weeks of its publication. As a result of the novel’s success, Wright became the first bestselling and the wealthiest black writer of his time, establishing him as a spokesperson for African-American issues and, to many, the “father of Black American literature.” In 1941, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People awarded Wright awarded the prestigious Spingarn Medal. Unsurprisingly, Native Son was challenged in many public schools and libraries and is listed in the American Library Association's list of the “Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990–1999.” Yet most institutions in which the novel was challenged successfully fought to keep Wright's work accessible, particularly in the classroom, defending it as a guide into the reality of the complex adult and social world.   Native son is listed as 20th on the Modern Library’s list of the “100 Best” English-language novels of the 20th century. It is also included in TIME’s “100 Best Novels” (since 1923).

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Bookseller
Lyons Fine Books US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
6212
Title
Native Son (Novel & Play)
Author
Richard Wright
Format/binding
Hardcover
Book condition
Used - Near fine
Jacket condition
very good +
Quantity available
1
Edition
1st Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Harper and Brothers
Place of Publication
New York
Date published
1941

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