New York: Knopf, 1974. First edition of the author's second novel. Octavo, original orange cloth. Signed by Morrison on the title page. Corner bumped, else an excellent copy in a near fine dust jacket. Also included is the National Book Award Program which included Morrision presented Norman Mailer with the Lifetime Achievment Award. A very nice signed copy.
Nominated for the National Book Award, Sula exemplifies the mysteries of death, friendship, and poverty, and its rare economy in writing is met with critical acclaim and popular success, establishing Morrison as one of the 20th century's most significant novelists. Sara Blackburn wrote that Morrison's extravagantly beautiful, doomed characters are locked in a world where hope for the future is a foreign commodity, yet they are enormously, achingly alive." And Morrison's writing is "[e]xtravagantly beautiful. . . . Enormously, achingly alive. . . . A howl of love and rage, playful and funny as well as hard and bitter" (The New York Times).