If Beale Street Could Talk.

"With Much Love": First Edition of James Baldwin's If Beale Street Could Talk; Warmly Inscribed by Him

If Beale Street Could Talk.



Item Number: 116354

New York: The Dial Press, 1974.

First edition of Baldwin’s fifth novel, a love story set in Harlem in the early 1970s. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “For Heidi:- with much love. Jimmy.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Lynn Braswell. Housed in a custom slipcase.

Reviewing the novel in The New York Times in 1974, the novelist Joyce Carol Oates described the book as "a moving, painful story" but "ultimately optimistic. It stresses the communal bond between members of an oppressed minority, especially between members of a family," offering "a quite moving and very traditional celebration of love. It affirms not only love between a man and a woman, but love of a type that is dealt with only rarely in contemporary fiction--that between members of a family, which may involve extremes of sacrifice." Basis for the film directed by Barry Jenkins, starring Kiki Layne, Stephan James, Colman Domingo, Teyonah Parris, Michael Beach, Dave Franco, Diego Luna, Pedro Pascal, Ed Skrein, Brian Tyree Henry and Regina King.

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