New York: Charles Scribner's Sons,, 1926. Octavo. Original black cloth, gold labels to spine and front board. Housed in a black quarter morocco solander box. Title-page vignette by Cleonike Damianakes. Extremities slightly rubbed, front inner hinge cracked but firm, margins of text block gently toned, text block slightly strained in a couple of places. A very good copy. First edition, first printing, first issue. Presentation copy inscribed by Hemingway on the front free endpaper: "To Cuyler Stevens with all best wishes, Ernest Hemingway" and with Stevens's bookplate on the front pastedown. Stevens was in the Princeton class of 1926, and a copy of Winner Take Nothing inscribed to Stevens was in the landmark Goodwin sale. "The Sun Also Rises did not rock the country, but it received a number of hat-in-the-air reviews and it soon became a handbook of conduct for the new generation... how much of the novel seems marvelously fresh as when it first appeared... It is all carved in stone, bigger and truer than life; and it is the work of a man who, having ended his busy term of apprenticeship, was already a master at twenty-six" (Malcolm Cowley, A Second Flowering, pp. 70-73). First issue with the misprints "stoppped" on p. 181, l. 26, "down-staris" on p. 169, line 34, and the third book being designated as "BOOK THREE" instead of "BOOK III" (p. )
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Things Fall Apart is a 1958 English-language novel by Nigerian author Chinua Achebe. It is a staple book in schools throughout Africa and widely read and studied in English-speaking countries around the world. It is seen as the archetypal modern African novel in English, and one of the first African novels written in English to receive global critical acclaim. The title of the novel comes from William Butler Yeats' poem "The Second Coming". In 2009, Newsweek ranked Things Fall Apart #14 on its list Top 100 Books: The Meta-List. The novel concerns the life of Okonkwo, a leader and local wrestling champion throughout the nine fictional villages of the Igbo ethnic group of Umuofia in Nigeria, his three wives, his children (mainly concerning his oldest son Nwoye and his favorite daughter Ezinma), and the influences of British colonialism and Christian missionaries on his traditional Igbo (archaically spelled "Ibo") community during an unspecified time in the late nineteenth or early twentieth century. Things Fall Apart was followed by a sequel, No Longer at Ease, originally written as the second part of a larger work together with Things Fall Apart, and Arrow of God, on a similar subject. Achebe states that his two later novels, A Man of the People and Anthills of the Savannah, while not featuring Okonkwo's descendants and set in completely fictional African countries, are spiritual successors to the previous novels in chronicling African history....
This unforgettable novel tells the story of Tom, a devoutly Christian slave who chooses not to escape bondage for fear of embarrassing his master. However, he is soon sold to a slave trader and sent down the Mississippi, where he must endure brutal treatment. This is a powerful tale of the extreme cruelties of slavery, as well as the price of loyalty and morality. When first published, it helped to solidify the anti-slavery sentiments of the North, and it remains today as the book that helped move a nation to civil war....
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