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STYRON, WILLIAM - The Confessions of Nat Turner

Title: The Confessions of Nat Turner
Description: London, England: Jonathan Cape, 1968. 1st British Edition; 1st Printing. Hardcover. This is a First Trade Edition of the First British Edition. This book is in Near Fine condition and has a Very Good+ to Near Fine- dust jacket. The book and its contents are in clean, bright condition. The text pages are clean and bright. The dust jacket is crisp and clean, however, there are small clips to all the flap corners, but the price (30 shillings ) is still on the bottom front flap corner. "During the 1960s, Styron became an eyewitness to another time of rebellion in the United States, living and writing at the heart of that turbulent decade, a time highlighted by the counterculture revolution with its political struggle, civil unrest, and racial tension. The public response to this social upheaval was furious and intense: battle lines were being drawn. In 1968, Styron signed the "Writers and Editors War Tax Protest" pledge, a vow refusing to pay taxes as a protest against the Vietnam War. In this atmosphere of dissent, many had criticized Styron's friend James Baldwin for his novel Another Country, published in 1962. Among the criticisms was outrage over a black author choosing a white woman as the protagonist in a story that tells of her involvement with a black man. Baldwin was Styron's house guest for several months following the critical storm generated by Another Country. During that time, he read early drafts of Styron's new novel, and predicted that Styron's book would face even harsher scrutiny than Another Country. "Bill's going to catch it from both sides," he told an interviewer immediately following the 1967 publication of The Confessions of Nat Turner." (from Wikipedia). Near Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket .

Keywords: Modern Fiction First Edition William Styron Counter-culture Modern Fiction Firsts

Price: US$ 95.00 Seller: S. Howlett-West Books
- Book number: 38980

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