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All books are first printings of first editions or first American editions unless otherwise noted.

Boston, Little Brown, (1969). The first book by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Elbow Room, who is on the permanent faculty of the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa. Inscribed by McPherson to the former President of the University of Iowa: "For Jim Freedman, Friend. With love, Jim McPherson." Fine in a near fine, price-clipped dust jacket with light rubbing and one small externally tape-mended edge tear. McPherson is an extremely private author, and books signed or inscribed by him are uncommon. [#022057] $750
Boston, Little Brown, (1969). His first book, a collection of stories that defied the mold of late 1960s black writing by refusing to yield to the easy temptation to substitute political diatribe for literary accomplishment and postured anger for real, human feelings. A lengthy blurb on the dust jacket from Ralph Ellison -- author of Invisible Man, perhaps the most acclaimed African-American novel of the 20th century -- lionizes McPherson for precisely this accomplishment, on its own terms, unaided by the winds of political correctness. Inscribed by the author "with affection and respect" and signed "James A. McPherson." Cloth a bit mottled; near fine in a good, heavily rubbed dust jacket with a couple of internal tape repairs. [#022058] $475
NY, Random House, (1976). The uncorrected proof copy of this compendium of pieces on railroads, a number of them written by McPherson, who had originally contracted to write a whole book on the subject, a project which evolved into this one, not altogether to the author's liking, according to his later comments. A small quarto, heavily illustrated, somewhat uncommon now even in the trade edition and scarce in proof form. Fine in wrappers. Published the year before Elbow Room. [#001068] $250
London, Macmillan, (1969). The first British edition of this African-American author's first book, a collection of stories that defied the mold of late 1960s black writing by refusing to yield to the easy temptation to substitute political diatribe for literary accomplishment and postured anger for real, human feelings. McPherson's second collection, Elbow Room, won the Pulitzer Prize and together these two volumes stand as high spots of African-American writing of the postwar era. Fine in a very near fine, mildly dusty, price-clipped dust jacket The U.K. edition of this collection is scarce. [#006508] $200
NY, Simon & Schuster, (1998). The first book in over 20 years, a memoir, by the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Elbow Room. Inscribed by the author "with great love" and signed "Jim McPherson." Trace of a bump to the crown; still fine in a fine dust jacket. [#022060] $100
(NY), Simon & Schuster, (1999). The uncorrected proof copy of this collection of autobiographical essays by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Elbow Room. Fine in wrappers. [#017530] $45
(Boston), (Emerson College), (1990). A double issue on the theme of "Confronting Racial Difference," edited by McPherson and DeWitt Henry. Includes the text of McPherson's 1990 speech "The Done Thing." Inscribed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#022061] $40
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