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Native Son

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Native Son

by Richard Wright

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New York: Harper and Brothers, 1940. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo - over 7 - 9" tall. 1st Printing 1 Copyright date 1940, first edition, first printing. Original gray cloth with black and gold spine panel, top edge stained grey; yellow and light green jacket. First Edition, second issue jacket. The book that helped Wright to be considered not only the leading black author in the United States but also a major heir of the Naturalist tradition. States "first edition" and with code "A-P" on copyright page. Second state binding. Second issue jacket with New York Post review on spine, $2.50 price intact. Some soiling to cloth with minor chips and tears to edges; light rubbing to bottom edge of boards; early ownership inscription on front free endpaper; near fine volume in very good jacket.

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
mclinhavenbooks US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
005699
Title
Native Son
Author
Richard Wright
Format/binding
Hardcover
Book condition
Used - Very Good
Jacket condition
Very Good
Quantity available
1
Edition
1st Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Harper and Brothers
Place of Publication
New York
Date published
1940
Pages
359
Keywords
Scarce Novel
Size
8vo - over 7 - 9\" tall

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We are a privately owned book selling business and take great pride in a diverse and eclectic inventory of books. We sell to most other countries of the World, [please see countries we sell too] We sell almost exclusively hardcover books, a large part are Signed, in many categories. Mclin Haven has been selling books for over eleven years. Orders are shipped within one business day.

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