If Beale Street Could Talk

by Baldwin, James

If Beale Street Could Talk, James Baldwin's fifth novel is a love story set in Harlem in the early 70's.Young Tish and Fonny, who are in love and expecting a child. They plan on marrying until Fonny is falsely accused of a terrible crime and imprisoned. Their tragic love story paints a bleak picture of racism and injustice. It is the only Baldwin novel narrated by a woman. 

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The first edition of If Beale Street Could Talk was published by Dial Press in 1974.

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If Beale Street Could Talk.

by Baldwin, James

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1974
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New York: The Dial Press, 1974. First edition of Baldwin's fifth novel, a love story set in Harlem in the early 1970s. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, "For Ethan Reinhard, Thank you. James Baldwin." Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Lynn Braswell. Reviewing the novel in The New… Read more
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1974
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New York: The Dial Press, 1974. First edition of Baldwin's fifth novel, a love story set in Harlem in the early 1970s. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by James Baldwin on the dedication page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Lynn Braswell. Uncommon signed. Reviewing the novel in The New York Times in 1974, the… Read more
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If Beale Street Could Talk

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1974
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New York: The Dial Press, 1974. First Edition. Fine/Fine. First edition. [viii], 197 pp. Publisher's reddish orange cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Fine in Fine unclipped dust jacket. An attractive copy of the novel by African American expatriate author James Baldwin that inspired the 2018 film by the same name. The first edition has recently become uncommon. … Read more
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If Beale Street Could Talk

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1974
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1974
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If Beale Street Could Talk

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1974
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New York: The Dial Press, 1974. Uncorrected Proof. Paperback. Near Fine. Near Fine. Blue wraps, creased at the front, faded at the spine. Square and firmly bound, clean internally. A love story set in contemporary Harlem, adapted into the highly acclaimed 2018 film directed by Barry Jenkins and starring KiKi Layne and Stephen James.
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If Beale Street Could Talk

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1974
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London: Michael Joseph, 1974. Love story set in Harlem in the early 1970s. It was adapted into the Academy Award-winning film of the same name in 2018. CONDITION Blue bds with gilt title (unworn with sharp cnrs) 230 pages. Copy is very bright and crisp. Top cnr of front end page is snipped. Original DJ is in archival cover, unworn..… Read more
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1974
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If Beale Street Could Talk

by James Baldwin

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1974
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1974
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1974-01-01
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9780803741690
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If Beale Street Could Talk

by James Baldwin

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1975
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If Beale Street Could Talk.

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If Beale Street Could Talk

by James Baldwin

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1974
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New York: The Dial Press, 1974 A book club edition of James Baldwin's classic. Publisher's dark mustard colored boards with black title no spine. Dust jacket has 1/2" closed tear at top edge of dust jacket. Dust jacket has book club edition indicated. Clean text and interior. Jacket to be wrapped in protective Brodart.
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If Beale Street Could Talk

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1975
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1975
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1974
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If Beale Street Could Talk

by James Baldwin

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1974
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The DJ shows some surface and edge wear and has a few tape-repaired tears, the cloth-covered boards show light wear with the spine top and bottom lightly crushed. The binding is tight, the text block is one-sided deckle-edged, and the pages are free of marks. This is the author's fifth novel; it is set in the early 1970s. From the DJ:… Read more
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If Beale Street Could Talk

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1975
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Vintage, 2006. Trade Paperback. A new copy. In this honest and stunning novel that inspired the award-winning major motion picture of the same name, James Baldwin has given America a moving story of love in the face of injustice. A major work of Black American fiction. -The New Republic Told through the eyes of Tish, a nineteen-year-old girl,… Read more
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