Sal Si Puedes. Cesar Chavez and the New American Revolution
(NY), Delta, (1971). Two books: first, Matthiessen's own copy of the first Delta paperback printing of his nonfiction account of Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers. This book was the subject of a lawsuit, and later issues of the first edition came with a legal disclaimer pasted in. Matthiessen also revised it, and a new edition was issued a couple of years later. Marked by Matthiessen in the first 38 pages with sections to cut, and with a place to "begin" and "end" in the final pages, possibly for a reading; both of these sections noted in ink on the half title. A fair copy in wrappers: opened often enough that the front cover has separated and is now taped to the spine, presumably by Matthiessen. Laid in is a fax of a New Yorker article that Matthiessen wrote the month after Chavez's death in 1993. Together with the first mass market paperback edition [NY: Dell/Laurel (1973)]. This edition changes the "Epilogue" in the earlier editions into Chapter 14, and adds a Chapter 15 not present in either earlier edition. Matthiessen has marked and annotated a number of pages in Chapters 12 through 15 in this copy. An interesting glimpse at the evolution of a controversial text after the book was published. [#032366] SOLD
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