"None was to give me more pleasure and pain in the writing."
M.C. HIGGINS, THE GREAT
By Virginia Hamilton
First printing of the first book by a Black author to win the Newbery Medal, an exceptional copy.
Fine in fine jacket.
M.C. HIGGINS, THE GREAT
"For too long, many have suffered and died without cause. I prefer to write about those who survived." – Virginia Hamilton
A turning point in her career – and in the history of African-American children's literature – this book was also the most difficult for Hamilton to write: "No book of mine was ever in more danger of being a failed labor of love" (Newbery Companion). Focused less on plot and more on atmosphere, its theme of resilience has been central to Hamilton's work. M.C. HIGGINS also won the National Book Award and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award; it was the first book to win all three of these major awards (a feat that has been matched only once since, by Sachar's HOLES). This is a remarkably beautiful copy.
Read more: Gillespie & Naden, The Newbery Companion, 307.
New York: Macmillan Publishing Co., Inc, (1974). 8.25'' x 5.5''. Original brown cloth, silver-lettered front board and spine. In original unclipped ($6.95) color pictorial dust jacket with illustration by James McMullan. , 278,  pages. Only trace edgewear to jacket, visible close inspection only.
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