First edition of the first autobiography by a biracial Japanese American woman, "a woman who in America is considered a Japanese and in Japan an American."
Fine in near-fine jacket.
HOLY PRAYERS IN A HORSE'S EAR
"What does the word Ijin san mean?' I asked at last of my father. His look was full of sympathy as he answered quietly, 'It means foreigner."
Memoir was one of the earliest literary forms explored by Asian American writers in the late 19th century. However, it would take another generation for the publication of a memoir by a Japanese American woman: first, A DAUGHTER OF THE SAMURAI (1925) was published by Estu Sugimoto, a Japanese-born woman who emigrated to the United States through an arranged marriage; this memoir followed sooner after by Tamagawa, who was born in the United States to a Japanese father and an Irish-American mother. The story takes readers from her childhood in Chicago, to her teen years in Yokohama, and finally her adulthood in New York. Scarce in the original dust jacket.
Read more: Huang, Asian American Autobiographers: A Bio-bibliographical Critical Sourcebook.
New York: Ray Long & Richard R. Smith, Inc, 1932. 9'' x 5.75''. Original full brown cloth stamped in black. In original unclipped ($3.00) teal pictorial dust jacket with art by Samuel Bernard Schaeffer. Orange pictorial endpapers. Illustrated with 4 black-and-white photographic halftones. , 264 pages. Jacket with some toning to spine, one 1.5'' closed tear to front panel and small snag at top corner, else largely unworn.
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