SONG OF SOLOMON IS IN A "SMALL COMPANY OF SPECIAL BOOKS… IT BUILDS, OUT OF HISTORY AND LANGUAGE AND MYTH, TO MUSIC. IT TAKES OFF"
MORRISON, Toni. Song of Solomon. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1977. Octavo, original black cloth, original dust jacket. $650.
First edition of Nobel laureate Toni Morrison's acclaimed third novel—"a rhapsodic work."
Morrison, who died in 2019, "left a rich, powerful literary legacy." Her novels about African Americans stretch "across geographies and time… this is how we pray, this is how we escape, this is how we hurt, this is how we repent, this is how we move on… It has allowed her to play with language, to take chances with how stories unravel and to consistently resist the demand to create an empirical understanding of Black life in America." On publication, Song of Solomon, her third novel, won high praise by noted critic John Leonard, who ranked it within a "small company of special books that are a privilege to review. It may be foolishly fussed over as a Black Novel, or a Woman's Novel, or an Important New Novel by a Black Woman. It is closer in spirit and style to One Hundred Years of Solitude… it builds, out of history and language and myth, to music. It takes off" (New York Times). "Few Americans know, and can say, more than [Morrison] has in this wise and spacious novel" (Books of the Century, 315). It is "a rhapsodic work… Morrison moves easily in and out of the lives and thoughts of her characters, luxuriating in the diversity of circumstances and personality, and reveling in the sound of their voices and her own, which echoes and elaborates theirs" (New Yorker). With "First Edition" on copyright page. Books of the Century, 33. Blockson 6417.
Text very fresh, mild foxing to fore-edge; faint toning to spine of bright dust jacket. A handsome about-fine copy.