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GREEN, Paul.

Wide Fields.

Published: London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1929

Stock code: 106561

Price: £250

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First UK edition, originally published in the US the previous year, the publisher’s retained copy with their ink-stamp to the title-page. Wide Fields was first collection of short-stories by the noted dramatist who despite being “the son of a southern white farmer … from childhood was aware of the ills that beset blacks; he used literature to express his ardent belief in freedom and equality for all” (Encyclopaedia of the Harlem Renaissance: A-J p. 444-45). Among his admirers was Tennessee Williams, and a copy of Wide Fields was found among his possessions on his death in 1983 (Bradham Thornton, ed. Notebooks of Tennessee Williams, p. 314).

Octavo. Original black cloth, spine lettered in green. With the dust jacket. Edges spotted, light tanning to free endpapers. An excellent, tight copy in the dust jacket a touch sunned and chipped on the spine.

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