Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1967. First Edition. Octavo (29.5cm); publisher's galley sheets, bound into pale blue wrappers, with photo-copied publication information glued to front cover; [iv],1-66a,pp. Modest wear, subtle toning and dust-soil to wrappers, with a few faint creases and tiny tears, and publication label loose but present; Very Good+.
The author's third novel, a provocative satire set in New York "that lays bare the abiding racism and the legacy of slavery on the psyche of white America" (Penguin Random House). Kelley (1937-2017) was an African-American novelist and short story writer best known for his debut novel, A Different Drummer, recently the subject of a New Yorker article, "The Lost Giant of American Literature" (Kathryn Schulz, January 22, 2018), highlighting his literary contributions, and drawing attention to the fact that he coined the term "woke" in a 1962 op-ed for the New York Times ("If You're Woke, You Dig It"). Uncommon in this format.