"Men can starve from a lack of self-realization as much as they can from a lack of bread": First Edition of Native Son; Signed and Dated in the year of publication by Richard Wright

  • Native Son.

Native Son.

Item Number: 54023

New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1940.

First edition, first issue binding with “A – P” on the copyright page. First issue green and yellow jacket, with price of $2.50 present and no blurbs on the spine. Octavo, original blue cloth, titles to upper board and spine in red and gray. Signed and dated by the author in the year of publication, “Sincerely, Richard Wright 3/11/40 New York.” Fine in a very good first issue dust jacket with a some closed tears and wear.

Richard Wright's ground-breaking novel Native Son tells the story of 20-year-old Bigger Thomas, an African American living in utter poverty in Chicago's South Side ghetto in the 1930s. "The day Native Son appeared, American culture was changed forever. It made impossible a repetition of the old lies [and] brought out into the open, as no one ever had before, the hatred, fear and violence that have crippled and may yet destroy our culture" (Irving Howe).