Item #6654 The Black and White of It. Ann Allen Shockley.

The Black and White of It

Weatherby Lake, MO: Naiad Press, Inc., 1980. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher’s stiff illustrated paper wraps.

First edition of queer journalist and author Ann Allen Shockley’s debut collection of short stories. Exploring the intersection of class, sex, love, and lesbianism, the collection comprises stories centering on interracial lesbian relationships, including "A Meeting of Sapphic Daughters" and "Holly Craft Isn't Gay." Founded by lesbian publisher Barbara Grier, Naiad Press’s central mission was to preserve out-of-print lesbian classics and publish the work of iconic lesbian feminist writers. The Black and White of It was one of three key texts Grier would publish by or about Black lesbians, and in 1987 she would reprint Shockley’s Loving Her, considered the first published Black lesbian novel. Cover design by lesbian artist and Naiaid regular Tee Corrine. Offsetting to half-title and upper wrap from newspaper clipping (removed), light toning to wraps. Very good. Item #6654


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