Item #8768 Corregidora. Gayl Jones.
Corregidora
Corregidora

Corregidora

New York: Random House, 1975. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's brown cloth over café au lait paper-covered boards, spine stamped in metallic teal and red, upper board stamped in metallic teal, original illustrated dust jacket.

"She was closed up like a fist. It is her very own memory, not theirs, her very own real and terrible and lonely and dark memory." First edition of Gayl Jones’s classic of Black literature, the copy of Black academic and author Beverly Harris Schenz, with her ownership signature to front endpaper. Her debut book, published when Jones was only 26 years old, the novel revolves around Ursa Corregidora, a young Kentucky blues singer haunted by physical abuse and intergenerational trauma. Praised by the likes of Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, and John Updike, Jones was initially discovered by Toni Morrison, an editor at Random House at the time. While Jones published novels and short story collections after the success of Corregidora, her subsequent books were met with ambivalence by critics, and she receded from public view, subsumed by a turbulent personal life. She returned to her art decades later, however, with the 2021 publication of Palmares, a Pulitzer Prize Finalist. Dust jacket designed by Wendell Minor. Stated first edition on the copyright page, with 2 the lowest number in number row, indicating first printing per the publisher's custom. Beverly Harris Schenz taught at Rice University and was the first Black woman appointed Vice Provost and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. She is the author of Living While Black: My Experience of Everyday Racism. Corners gently bumped; unclipped dust jacket with some creasing and rubbing to spine-ends, and light soiling. A very good copy of a scarce landmark in 20th-century American literature. Item #8768

$800.00

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