Notes of a Native Son

Boston: Beacon Press, (1955).


Hardcover. First edition. Near fine in a good or better price-clipped dustwrapper, with a chip and longish tear on the rear panel, and other modest overall wear but with none of the usual spine-fading. Author's second book and an important book of essays. Chosen as a *NYPL Book of the Century*. An uncommon title.

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Notes of a Native Son. James BALDWIN.

James Baldwin
birth name: James Arthur Baldwin
born: 8/2/1924
died: 11/30/1987
nationality: USA

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American essayist, novelist, and playwright noted for his eloquence and passion on the subject of race in America. - Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literaturemore

Collecting tips:

James Baldwin's first book, Go Tell It On the Mountain (1953) is collectible both in the trade edition, and in the Advance Reading Copy which features different cover art that the author felt was too sterotypical, thus providing the collector with two desirable volumes. His second novel, Giovanni's Room (1956), while by no means rare, is seldom found with the spine of the jacket in its original bright, white condition, and copies found thusly command a premium.

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