New York: The Macmillan Company, 1965. First Edition, First Printing.
Octavo (8 5/8 x 5 3/4 inches; 218 x 145 mm), 416 pages, in publisher's original red cloth with title in black and gold to the spine. Red top stain.
A raw, powerfully written portrait of New York ghetto life in the 1940s and '50s. Claude Brown tells of his harrowing street life--he was shot at age 13--and the shattered lives of those around him. ≤p> The book appeared when Brown (1937-2002) was 28 and had just graduated from Howard University. He went on to law school and became a lecturer on the problems of urban youth.
The New York Times gave the book an enthusiastic review: "It is written with brutal and unvarnished honesty in the plain talk of the people, in language that is fierce, uproarious, obscene and tender, but always sensible and direct. And to its enormous credit, this youthful autobiography gives us its devastating portrait of life without one cry of self-pity, outrage or malice, with no caustic sermons or searing rhetoric." (Romulus Linney, The New York Times Book Review, August 22, 1965).
The bookplate of Syracuse University film historian Norman O. Keim (1929-2016) appears on the front free end paper.
A powerful, shattering look at ghetto life in New York. This book has gone through a number of printings and has also appeared in soft cover. This copy, though, is the first edition, first printing of the hard-cover edition. Item #1543
CONDITION: Bookplate to front free end paper, light rubbing to boards, couple of pages very slightly soiled. The unclipped dust jacket has light toning along the edges of the verso, some creasing to flaps. A Very Good or better copy.