Signed first printing of this collection of essays that spans two decades of Ralph Ellison's output, encompassing subjects that defined his career – in particularly nice condition.
Near fine in near fine dust jacket.
GOING TO THE TERRITORY
"Once again I must wonder at the sheer unexpectedness of life in these United States."
"I dream constantly of Oklahoma City," mused Ralph Ellison to the NEW YORKER in 1976; his childhood in Oklahoma, the titular TERRITORY of this collection of essays, deeply influenced his life and what he chose to write about. In many of his pieces, Ellison uses the concept of the Territory as a stand-in for concepts of freedom, whether it was the literal escape from bondage of fugitive slaves or the ability to nurture imagination. First printings of GOING TO THE TERRITORY are scarce signed, even more so in such sharp condition.
Read more: Jervis Anderson, "Ralph Ellison Goes Home," The New Yorker 15 November 1976.
New York: Random House, (1986). 8.25'' x 5.5''. Original quarter navy cloth, peach paper boards. Original unclipped ($19.95) typographic dust jacket designed by Richard Adelson. Fore-edge machine deckle. 340 pages. Signed by Ellison to title page. Jacket with a hint of sunning to spine. Binding lower corners a touch bumped. Else sharp.
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