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If Beale Street Could Talk. by  James Baldwin - Signed First Edition - 1974 - from Raptis Rare Books (SKU: 123474)

If Beale Street Could Talk.

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If Beale Street Could Talk.

by Baldwin, James

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New York: The Dial Press, 1974. Signed limited first edition, one of 250 numbered copies of Baldwin's fifth novel, a love story set in Harlem in the early 1970s. Octavo, original boards. Boldly signed by James Baldwin on the limitation page. Fine in a fine slipcase. Uncommon in the original slipcase. Reviewing the novel in The New York Times in 1974, the novelist Joyce Carol Oates described the book as "a moving, painful story" but "ultimately optimistic. It stresses the communal bond between members of an oppressed minority, especially between members of a family," offering "a quite moving and very traditional celebration of love. It affirms not only love between a man and a woman, but love of a type that is dealt with only rarely in contemporary fiction--that between members of a family, which may involve extremes of sacrifice." Basis for the film directed by Barry Jenkins, starring Kiki Layne, Stephan James, Colman Domingo, Teyonah Parris, Michael Beach, Dave Franco, Diego Luna, Pedro Pascal, Ed Skrein, Brian Tyree Henry and Regina King.

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If Beale Street Could Talk, James Baldwin's fifth novel is a love story set in Harlem in the early 70's. Young Tish and Fonny, who are in love and expecting a child. They plan on marrying until Fonny is falsely accused of a terrible crime and imprisoned. Their tragic love story paints a bleak picture of racism and injustice. It is the only Baldwin novel narrated by a woman. 

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Bookseller
Raptis Rare Books US (US)
Bookseller's Inventory #
123474
Title
If Beale Street Could Talk.
Author
Baldwin, James
Book condition
Used
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
The Dial Press
Place of Publication
New York
Date Published
1974
Keywords
Autographed, If Beale Street Could Talk, james baldwin first edition, signed

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About Raptis Rare Books

Founded by Matthew and Adrienne Raptis, Raptis Rare Books is an antiquarian book firm that specializes in literature, children's books, economics, photo books, signed and inscribed books, and landmark books in all fields. Our business model is simple: we strive to handle books that are in exceptional condition and to provide exceptional customer service. We are proud members of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) and exhibit at major book fairs in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston, as well as other regional fairs.

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