"ENORMOUSLY, ACHINGLY ALIVE": FIRST EDITION OF TONI MORRISON'S SULA, INSCRIBED IN THE YEAR OF PUBLICATION BY HER
MORRISON, Toni. Sula. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1974. Octavo, original gilt-stamped orange cloth, original dust jacket.
First edition of the second book by Nobel laureate Morrison—"one of the most powerful and distinct voices in literature"—warmly inscribed by her in the year of publication—"To C— a true Gemini. Thanks for everything Toni 2.15.1974."
Morrison, who died in 2019, was "the first African American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature" (New York Times). Sula, her second novel, met with immediate critical acclaim and established Morrison as one of America's most important novelists. "Her extravagantly beautiful, doomed characters are locked in a world where hope for the future is a foreign commodity, yet they are enormously, achingly alive" (Sara Blackburn). Morrison's extraordinary body of work contains "one of the most powerful and distinct voices in literature" (Atlantic). With "First Edition" stated on copyright page. Blockson 6510. Jordan 477.12.
Book fine; two small closed tears to bright near-fine dust jacket.