Tell Me How Long the Train’s Been Gone.

First Edition of James Baldwin's Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone; Inscribed by Him

Tell Me How Long the Train’s Been Gone.



Item Number: 106735

New York: The Dial Press, 1968.

First edition of this major work by Baldwin. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “Kathleen Peace- James Baldwin.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Paul Bacon.

At the height of his theatrical career, the actor Leo Proudhammer is nearly felled by a heart attack. As he hovers between life and death, Baldwin shows the choices that have made him enviably famous and terrifyingly vulnerable. For between Leo's childhood on the streets of Harlem and his arrival into the intoxicating world of the theater lies a wilderness of desire and loss, shame and rage. An adored older brother vanishes into prison. There are love affairs with a white woman and a younger black man, each of whom will make irresistible claims on Leo's loyalty. And everywhere there is the anguish of being black in a society that at times seems poised on the brink of total racial war.

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