Signed first edition, first printing of "the first memoir written by a South Asian American" (Wenying Xu), chronicling the author's return at 16 to Bombay after an absence of ten years.
About fine in very good plus jacket.
HOME TO INDIA
"Apparently I too had been influenced by the sensational inaccuracies that have been put out about India in books..."
Rau was only 22 when this, her first book, was published. Born in India to a well-connected Brahmin family with a father for a diplomat, she spent her earliest school years in London: This book chronicles her return to India after that period, focusing on the intergenerational conflict between the teen and her conservative grandmother. It was published the year after Rau graduated from Wellesley, where she was the first Indian student accepted. She would go on to an illustrious writing career, including the novel THIS IS INDIA (1953) and an adaptation of Forster's PASSAGE TO INDIA staged on Broadway. Rare in such a nice jacket, printed during wartime paper restrictions.
Read more: Xu, Historical Dictionary of Asian American Literature and Theater.
New York and London: Harper & Brothers Publishers, (1945). 7.5'' x 4.5''. Original blue cloth stamped in black, gilt-lettered spine. In original unclipped ($2.50) orange pictorial dust jacket illustrated by Constantin Alajalov. Fore-edge machine deckle. "D-U" on copyright page, indicating April 1945 printing. , 236,  pages. Signed by Rau in ink on front free endpaper. Jacket spine sunned, with a bit of soiling to panels, just a touch of edgewear. Book a trifle bumped.
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