"JOY!": FIRST EDITION OF SINGIN' AND SWINGIN' AND GETTING' MERRY LIKE CHRISTMAS, WONDERFULLY INSCRIBED BY MAYA ANGELOU
ANGELOU, Maya. Singin' and swingin' and gettin' merry like Christmas. New York: Random House, (1976). Octavo, original half red cloth, original dust jacket. $450.
First edition of the third volume in Angelou's powerful memoir that began with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, inscribed on the half title by her, "P— Joy! Maya Angelou 4/86."
Singin' and Swingin', the third volume in Angelou's six-volume autobiography, is "honest, funny and heartwarming" (Washington Star). Following I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969) and Gather Together in My Name (1974), Angelou here offers a "rare kind of literary model, the working mother… and imaginatively renders the black experience" (Lupton, Maya Angelou, 109-112). She "may be one of the best hunters of the heart, one of the best to explore the insides of folks, black or white, and find what moves them, what makes them real and tangible to themselves and others" (Christian Science Monitor).
Text very fresh, faint trace of dampstaining to bright cloth, colorful dust jacket fine. An about-fine copy.