First Edition of James Baldwin's Just Above My Head; Signed by Him
Just Above My Head.
Item Number: 52017
New York: The Dial Press, 1979.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by James Baldwin on the dedication page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Uncommon signed.
The stark grief of a brother mourning a brother opens this novel with a stunning, unforgettable experience. Here, in a monumental saga of love and rage, Baldwin goes back to Harlem, to a church of his groundbreaking novel Go Tell It On The Mountain, to the homosexual passion of Giovanni's Room, and to the political fire that enflames his nonfiction work. Here, too, the story of gospel singer Arthur Hall and his family becomes both a journey into another country of the soul and senses--and a living contemporary history of black struggle in this land. "A work of passion... Glimpses of family life in Harlem, rapturous music-making in the churches, movements of uneasiness in even the most casual meetings between whites and blacks--scenes that Baldwin seems preternaturally gifted in understanding" (The New York Times Book Review).