First edition of this groundbreaking novel of the conflict between white and Native American cultures, centered on the experiences of a young man with a Spanish father and a Salish mother.
Near fine in very good dust jacket.
"That was how matters always stood in Max Leon's family. There was always this distrust, this warfare."
THE SURROUNDED is one of the foundational works of modern Native American Literature, and "remains the most widely read and studied American Indian work" of its period (Warrior, 22). It was the first novel by D'Arcy McNickle, a half-Cree-Metis scholar, writer, and activist, whose work "received the most critical attention of those American Indian writers who emerged immediately before and during the Great Depression and the New Deal" (Warrior, 21).
In THE SURROUNDED, McNickle paints a bleak picture of how Native American life has been stifled by the relentless spread of white culture and institutions. McNickle — who grew up on a reservation and in boarding schools run by the Bureau of Indian Affairs — drew on his own experiences to craft this story of a young man torn between two cultures, with a tragic outcome. A lovely copy of an important book, extremely scarce in the original dust jacket.
Read more: Robert Allen Warrior, Tribal Secrets: Recovering American Indian Intellectual Traditions.
New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1936. 8'' x 5.5''. Original brown cloth binding with brown stamped lettering. Original unclipped ($2.00) brown pictorial dust jacket, designed by Haberstock. Brown topstain, fore-edge machine deckle. Brown pictorial endleaves of a mountain range. 300 pages. Jacket with some edgewear, 1" x 1" chip to upper edge; light sunning to spine. Binding spine ends a bit bumped, page 53 with a few spots of soil to margins. Tight overall.
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