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Cotton Comes to Harlem

by Chester Himes

Condition: Good +


New York: Dell, 1966. First paperback edition. Paperback. Good +. Binding tight, with very slight spine lean and a ghost of a reading crease. Diagonal crease to upper right corner of front cover and first few pages. Small tear to meeting of top of spine and back cover. Otherwise clean and unmarked. Dell # 1513. Reprint of the 1965 Putnam edition, which was in turn a reprint of the original French edition, Retour En Afrique. Basis for the 1970 Coffin Ed Johnson and Gravedigger Jones film of the same name, starring Raymond St. Jacques and Godfery Cambridge. A high water mark in the history of African-American crime fiction.


Chester Himes was born in Missouri in 1909. He began writing while serving a prison sentence for a jewel theft and published just short of twenty novels before his death in 1984. Among his best-known thrillers are Blind Man with a Pistol , Cotton Comes to Harlem , The Crazy Kill , A Rage in Harlem , The Real Cool Killers , and The Heat's On , all available from Vintage.


  • Bookseller: Sellers & Newel Second-Hand Books CA (CA)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: PB42
  • Title: Cotton Comes to Harlem
  • Author: Chester Himes
  • Format/binding:Paperback
  • Book condition: Used - Good +
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Edition: First paperback edition
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Dell
  • Place: New York
  • Date published: 1966
  • Keywords: hardboiled, crime, mystery, New York, African-American, black


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