The Story of Dorothy Stanfield. Based on a Great Insurance Swindle - and a Woman! AFRICAN AMERICANA, Oscar MICHEAUX.

The Story of Dorothy Stanfield. Based on a Great Insurance Swindle - and a Woman!

New York: Book Supply Co., 1946. First Edition. Deluxe Issue. Octavo (23cm); maroon cloth, with titling and rule stamped in gilt on spine and front cover; pictorial endpapers; dustjacket; [xii],416pp, with pictorial frontispiece. Slight forward lean, crown gently nudged, else a fresh, Near Fine copy. Dustjacket is price-clipped, with some rubbing to joints and front panel, and some corresponding wrinkling to crown; Near Fine.

Micheaux's next-to-last novel, a race-themed mystery set in Memphis and New York. Described by McGilligan as "peculiar, grumpy, and sensationalistic," Dorothy Stanfield essentially marked the low ebb of Micheaux's long and successful career as a novelist, screenwriter, and director of "race" films. He would make a brief resurgence with his final novel Masquerade (1948), which dealt with "passing" among light-skinned Blacks, but he died poor and in relative obscurity in 1951. With jacket and endpaper illustrations by Elliot Fax. BLOCKSON 6490; HANNA 2483.

Price: $200.00

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