Song of Solomon (Signed First Edition)
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1977.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1977. First edition. Very nearly Fine book in like jacket, unclipped and showing original price of $8.95. Bright topstain. A bit of foxing to the closed textblock and minor wrinkling along bottom edge of front jacket panel. In all, a lovely, bright, and unread example of this Nobel Prize winning novel. Signed by the author on the title page.
Following the life of Macon "Milkman" Dead III from birth to death, the novel presents in a raw and complex way the coming-of-age of an African American man. As Milkman comes to adulthood, he inevitably confronts the intersections of Black and white communities, the impact of forced migration and slavery on his family, and the question of how this history affects his own identity. As he reaches toward self-realization, it becomes clear that one can never be fully independent from their family. Met with widespread acclaim from its release, Song of Solomon won Morrison the Nobel Prize for literature, in addition to earning the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction. It also appears on the Radcliffe Publishing Course's Best English Language Novels of the 20th Century. At its release, the New York Times hailed it as "a full novel -- rich, slow enough to impress itself upon us like a love affair or a sickness" as it communicates its characters' "painfully discovered and powerfully held convictions about the possibility of transcendence within human life....the possibility of knowing one's origins and of realizing the potential found in the lives, failures, and victories of one's ancestors." Fine in Fine dust jacket. (Item #5347)