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If He Hollers Let Him Go

If He Hollers Let Him Go

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If He Hollers Let Him Go

by Chester Himes

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Garden City: Doubleday, Doran & Company, 1945. Very Good. Garden City: Doubleday, Doran & Company, 1945. First Edition, stated. Octavo; [vi], 249pp. Publisher's black cloth with yellow lettering to spine. Missing dust jacket. Ex- Brentano's Rental Library, Washington, D.C. with stamp at bottom of front free endpaper and abrasions / glue residue to front and back pastedowns where jacket was formerly glued down, and check-out dates in pencil (from November '45 - Feburary '46) on front free endpaper, but no other institutional markings. Boards edgeworn with a few light scuffs to surface. Spine faintly cocked and nudged at head and tail. Opens easily between gatherings, but binding is holding. Pages toned as expected from wartime production, but unmarked.


If He Hollers Let Him Go is the first novel by Chester Himes, published in 1945. It is about an African American shipyard worker in Los Angeles during World War II. A 1968 film adaptation with Raymond St. Jacques, Barbara McNair, Kevin McCarthy, and Arthur O'Connell bore little resemblance to the book. The story spans four days in the life of Bob Jones, a newcomer to L.A. from Ohio, who has some college education and works as a crew leader in a naval shipyard. It is considered a protest novel, in the same vein as Richard Wright's book  Native Son,  published 5 years earlier. 

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If He Hollers Let Him Go
Chester Himes
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Doubleday, Doran & Company
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