Item #8764 The Friends. Rosa Guy, Doris Funnye Innis, provenance.
The Friends
The Friends
The Friends

The Friends

New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1973. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher’s chestnut cloth, spine stamped in black, natural endpapers, original illustrated dust jacket.

First edition of Trinidad-born writer Rosa Guy’s debut young adult novel, inscribed by Guy to civil rights educator and activist Doris Funnye Innis: "To Doris / and all the hopes we / share / Roas Guy / Jan 18, 1974." Born in Diego Martin, Guy emigrated to the US in the 1920s, joining family in Harlem. Originally an actor and dancer, she began writing after meeting John Oliver Killens, with whom she founded the Harlem Writers Guild in 1950, and became a close friend of Maya Angelou, Louise Meriwether, and Joan Sandler. Described by the Times as a "heart-slammer" upon publication, The Friends centers on Phyllisia Cathy, a teenage girl who has just moved from an island in the West Indies to New York, her sister Ruby, and her friend Edith Jackson as they navigate the challenges of adolescence and societal expectations. Based on her personal experiences, the book was followed by Ruby (1976) and Edith Jackson (1978), forming what came to be known as her coming-of-age trilogy. Dust jacket designed by Bob Owens. Recipient Doris Funnye Innis was an editor for several publications of the pivotal civil rights organization CORE (Congress of Racial Equality), and was married to CORE chairman Roy Innis, before breaking with organization and Innis and teaching in the New York public education system. Inscribed to front free endpaper. New York Times Book Review clipping of Alice Walker's original review of the novel laid in. Corners lightly bumped; unclipped dust jacket toned and brittle, with some chipping to spine-ends and flap folds, with flaps split and nearly detached. Good. Item #8764

$125.00

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