"EVERYBODY WAS REALLY DIGGING THEMSELVES AND THINKING AND SAYING IN THEIR BEHAVIOR, IN EVERY ACTION 'WOW! MAN, IT'S A BEAUTIFUL THING TO BE COLORED'": FIRST EDITION OF MANCHILD IN THE PROMISED LAND
BROWN, Claude. Manchild in the Promised Land. New York: Macmillan, (1965). Octavo, original red cloth, original dust jacket. $800.
First edition of this moving autobiography chronicling one man's journey out of poverty and crime in Harlem.
Brown's "1965 book, Manchild in the Promised Land chronicled his ascent from a harrowing childhood of violent crime and poverty in Harlem and became a classic of American literature… [it] quickly became a best seller, opening up a new world to mainstream audiences with its raw narrative of a boyhood spent among killers, drug addicts and prostitutes. Though not published as a memoir, it closely paralleled Mr. Brown's life in virtually every detail… Published at the height of the civil rights movement, the book reached far beyond the traditional literary world, drawing new attention to the lives of urban blacks. It has sold more than 4 million copies and has been translated into 14 languages" (New York Times). ''Claude Brown makes James Baldwin and all that old Rock of Ages rhetoric sound like some kind of Moral Rearmament tourist from Toronto come to visit the poor" (Tom Wolfe). Blockson 3327.
Dust jacket with only most minor wear to extremities. An exceptional, very nearly fine copy.