"They won't know you, the you that's hidden somewhere in the castle of your skin": First American Edition of In The Castle of My Skin; Presentation Copy by George Lamming
In The Castle Of My Skin.
Lamming, George; Introduction by Richard Wright.$750.00
Item Number: 81202
New York: McGraw Hill, 1953.
First American edition of the author’s first novel, which was championed by eminent figures such as Jean-Paul Sartre and Richard Wright. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “For Aaron Rogers Best Wishes George Lamming They won’t know you, the you that’s hidden somewhere in the castle of your skin G.L.” Additionally signed by Lamming below the frontispiece. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Leo Manso. Endpapers and frontispiece by Denis Williams. Introduction by Richard Wright. A unique example.
Barbadian writer George Lamming’s first and much acclaimed autobiographical novel, In the Castle of My Skin, follows the events in a young boy's life in the 1930s in Carrington Village, Barbados, where the author was born and raised. The novel won a Somerset Maugham Award and was championed by eminent figures Jean-Paul Sartre and Richard Wright, the latter writing an introduction to the book's US edition. "A striking piece of work, a rich and memorable feat of imaginative interpretation" (The Spectator).