First printing of Brown's acclaimed first novel, edited and championed by Toni Morrison.
Near fine in near fine jacket.
"Things other people just go ahead and do always seem to give you problems."
First novel by the writer, playwright, and professor, praised on its initial publication by James Baldwin, Donald Barthelme, and Brown's own editor, Toni Morrison, and recently brought back into print by McSweeney's as the first book in their Of the Diaspora series. A civil rights activist, onetime member of the Black Panther Party, and objector to the Vietnam War, Brown drew on some aspects of these experiences and the political turmoil of the times: In TRAGIC MAGIC's poetic, non-linear narrative, Melvin Ellington—former radical, just released from prison for being a conscientious objector—searches to re-establish himself and come to terms with his old relationships and principles. On the connection between art and life, Brown said in one contemporary interview: "If I could explain things, at least to myself, then I would have more of a handle on my life and not be at the mercy of things."
Read more: Ismail Muhammad, "The Vital Wisdom of Wesley Brown's 'Tragic Magic'", The New Yorker.
New York: Random House, (1978). 8.25'' x 5.5''. Original quarter black cloth with bright yellow boards. In original unclipped ($7.95) dust jacket, designed by Mark Huie. Faint edgewear. Jacket spine lightly sunned; faint toning to flaps.
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