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Daddy Was a Number Runner
Englewood Cliffs, Prentice Hall, (1970). An advance copy in the form of folded & gathered sheets tapebound in red cardstock covers, and laid into a dust jacket. Apparently a hand-made, in-house production, which is not surprising as Prentice-Hall was more of an academic publisher at that time, only seldom publishing mainstream trade novels. Daddy Was a Number Runner was the first novel by the author and eventual activist, and it gained the attention of James Baldwin, who provides a 3-page foreword: "...because she has so truthfully conveyed what the world looks like from a black girl's point of view, Louise Meriwether has told everyone who can read or feel what it means to be a black man or woman in this country...." Near fine, in a very good, edgeworn dust jacket. Laid in is a letter from a publicist at Prentice Hall to Joan Cook of the New York Times, conveying the copy ("advance sheets of a poetic sensitive novel and the first novel to come out of Budd Schulberg's Watts Writers' Workshop"), and providing the plot and some biographical information about Meriwether. The book was reviewed in the Times by Paule Marshall. Very uncommon: this is the only advance copy we've seen of this title, with good provenance in the publisher's letter to the Times' reviewer. [#036209] SOLD

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