Native Son. By Richard Wright. First Book Club Edition, First Printing. Harper. New York, 1940.

$40.00

Richard Wright was one of the most talented and impactful authors in American history. He was born in Mississippi, but like many Black Americans in the mid-twentieth century, he joined the Great Migration out of the Jim Crow South, moving instead to Chicago. It was there his literary genius flourished. He met fellow writers Ralph Ellison, Margaret Walker, Langston Hughes, and many others. He produced some of the best fiction of the century. His novels Native Son and Black Boy became bestsellers and helped to garner support for Black rights in America in the years leading up to the Civil Rights Movement. Native Son is particularly important to his legacy as his first published novel. It follows the protagonist Bigger Thomas who endures poverty and oppression in Chicago’s South Side. The work was an instant bestseller, surprising critics of a racially divided United States. Yet none could deny Wright’s mastery of character and prose. It remains one of the best novels of the twentieth century.

This first book club edition was printed from the same plates as the first edition, but bound and issued separately. It is in good condition. In the book club issue cloth boards, very good with only fading to spine and bumping to edges. Text block near fine, only very minor cocking. In the original book club issue dust jacket, good with creases, tears, chipping to corners and spine ends, and rubbing to front panel.

A good early printing of Native Son.

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Native Son. By Richard Wright. First Book Club Edition, First Printing. Harper. New York, 1940.

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Weight 5 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 9 × 5 in