Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1962. First Edition, Second Printing. Octavo, 223 pages; VG/VG-; spine black and gold with black and beige titling; dust jacket protected with a mylar covering, price uncut '$3.95', some rubbing and shelfwear, including tears to extremities, primarily the top and bottom edge of the front cover, small chip on tail; light foxing to edges of text block, interior of dust jacket, edges of boards; former owner's name on the ffep; Signed by Kelley on the half-title page; First Edition, Presumed Second Printing, with no edition statement on the copyright page and gutter code 'D38'; scarce in any format, especially scarce signed; shelved case 2.
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William Melvin Kelley's debut novel won the John Hay Whitney Foundation Award and Rosenthal Foundation Award of the National Institute of Arts and Letters. Kelley is credited with being the first to commit the term "woke" to print. [wikipedia];