New York: George H. Doran Company, 1925. Second printing. Second issue in purple cloth with B on copyright page. Slight sunning to spine. Rear hinge starting. Signed by the author on the front endpaper. An overall pleasing copy of this American classic.
Credited as the first major Southern novel to provide complex, non-stereotyped African American characters, Heyward's Porgy would go on to inspire Gershwin's classic American musical as well as numerous television and film adaptations. "The fictional characters of Porgy, Bess, Black Maria, Sportin' Life, and the other Gullah denizens of Catfish Row have attained mythic status and have become inextricably identified with Charleston. This novel is the story of Porgy, a crippled street beggar in the black tenement. Unwashed and unwanted, he lives on the edge of subsistence and trusts his fate to chance. His one shining moment is his pursuit of Bess, whom he wins and loses in one summer of passion and violence" (Hutchisson). An American classic, signed by the author. Very Good + (Item #2655)