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ARMSTRONG, William H. Sounder. New York: Harper & Row, (1969). Octavo, original pictorial boards, original dust jacket.

Library edition, inscribed by the author on the title page, “My very best to you, William H. Armstrong.”

“A deceptively simple story about a poor black sharecropper’s family and his hunting dog,” Sounder won the Newbery Medal in 1970, “praised for its ‘epic quality’ and ‘guaranteed a long life in the memories of all readers.’ The starkness of the writing, almost poetic at times, contrasts with the complex philosophical nature of the story; the slow narrative pace masks the depth of the emotions displayed by the main characters… Sounder may be a bleak book, but it speaks honestly about cruelty, suffering and enduring love” (Silvey, 31). Newbery medal sticker and publisher’s sticker affixed to dust jacket.

Light rubbing to near-fine dust jacket, top corner of front flap clipped. Book fine. A desirable copy of a title rarely found signed.

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