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Native Son by  Richard WRIGHT - First Edition - 1940 - from Cleveland Book Company (SKU: 5976)

Native Son

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Native Son

by WRIGHT, Richard

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About This Item

New York: Harper and Brothers, 1940. First Edition. Hardcover. Good. Octavo, 359pp. A good copy only in the first state binding (deep blue cloth stamped in grey and red on the front board and spine). Pretty serious bump at the base of the spine towards the rear, which has wrinkled the bottom inner corners of the leaves in the second half of the book. Likely the result of a single fall from some altitude. Previous owner's name crossed out in purple crayon on the front free endpaper and front paste-down. If you can live with these flaws, it's otherwise a perfectly decent reading copy of the scarce true first edition of this landmark novel about race in America. Lacks the dust 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
Cleveland Book Company US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
5976
Title
Native Son
Author
WRIGHT, Richard
Format/binding
Hardcover
Book condition
Used - Good
Quantity available
1
Edition
First Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Harper and Brothers
Place of Publication
New York
Date published
1940
Keywords
Black literature, Black Boy,
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Cleveland Book Company

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About Cleveland Book Company

As a small, independent bookseller in Cleveland, Ohio, I deal in general used, rare, and antiquarian books, autographs, manuscripts, pamphlets, and personal and family papers in all subjects. My family has been in the antiquarian book business since 1971. Are you moving, downsizing, or doing some spring cleaning? Did you inherit or otherwise come into some old books? Or, maybe you've collected modern novels from the last thirty or fifty years. No matter what kinds of books you have, we'd love to take a look at them! We travel throughout Ohio, western Pennsylvania and New York, southern Michigan, and eastern Indiana, and will travel farther in some cases to look at whole libraries or even just a few particularly interesting books. Give us a call at (216) 352-3940 and we can talk more about the kinds of books you have.

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leaves
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spine
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Cloth
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reading copy
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first state
used in book collecting to refer to a book from the earliest run of a first edition, generally distinguished by a change in some...[more]
paste-down
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First Edition
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octavo
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jacket
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