Brothers & Keepers with: Promotional Press Release. John Edgar Wideman.
Brothers & Keepers with: Promotional Press Release
Brothers & Keepers with: Promotional Press Release
Brothers & Keepers with: Promotional Press Release
Brothers & Keepers with: Promotional Press Release

Brothers & Keepers with: Promotional Press Release

ISBN: 0030617545
New York, NY: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1984. First Edition. Hardcover. "Two Brothers. Two Lives. Two distant worlds. They were born of the same family, reared in the same environment- the black ghetto of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The older brother, John Edgar Wideman, grew up to become a Rhodes Scholar, a college professor, and a highly regarded novelist. John's kid brother Rob, ten years his junior, took the low road to deep trouble. When he was little more than an overgrown kid, he became involved in petty thievery and the drug scene endemic to the ghetto. Eventually, he and his friends organized a scam during which the projected target, himself a fence and petty thief, was shot and killed. Robby and one of his buddies were arrested, tried, and ultimately sentenced to life imprisonment. Without the possibility of probation or parole." (from front flap) The bitter, hard-hitting biography-memoir by John Edgar Wideman, the acclaimed & prolific African-American novelist, short story writer, memoirist & academician. Honored with many awards & honorary doctorates over the years, Wideman is especially noted for having been the first author to receive the highly prestigious PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction twice, in 1984 (for Sent For You Yesterday) & 1991 (for Philadelphia Fire). In this work, Wideman traces the most-widely divergent paths of himself & his brother Robert, including transcripts of Robert's prison-recorded autobiographical commentary & letters to his brother John. The resulting narrative "...is major in its concern, vital in its commitment, and deeply moving." (from rear flap) Hardcover in unclipped first-issue dust jacket (with $15.95 price & "1084" printed on front flap), first edition as stated on copyright page, first printing as indicated by number sequence thereon. Loosely included between pages 118-119 where we found it is publisher's original promotional press release entitled "Brother Imprisoned For Life," with a synopsis of the 1975 incident that led to Robert's life imprisonment & Quotes by both brothers from the volume. A publication date of October 31, 1984 is referred to next to heading, & the date "10/84" near lower right corner of verso after the conclusion of the release. Interestingly, the price referred to next to heading is $14.95- the publisher must have decided to increase it slightly upon first issue, per above. Single sheet folded horizontally into four panels/ eight sides with printing on recto & verso. An essential collectible from the non-fictional Wideman canon, in its rarest original form & with significant ephemera. Book in very fine condition with only a bit of rubbing to front, back covers & spine (with copper-gilt lettering on spine completely bright & intact); very slight wear at edges & corners of same incl. minor fading to black-cloth spine-edges & corners; moderate browning & spotting to upper edge of text block; much less to side & lower edges of same. Interior very fine with only sparse spotting, brown-streaking to blank paste-downs & endpapers; light browning, spotting mostly to blank margins of page leaves. Dust jacket fine with very slight rubbing to front, back covers & spine; a touch of wear & some tiny bumps, creases to edges & corners of same & flaps; light browning & occasional spotting to flaps. Ephemera fine with very light rubbing, browning & sparse spotting esp. to blank margins of surfaces; light wear, some tiny bumps & creases at thin edges & corners incl. three fold-creases noted above; one area at left (recto) edge, upper panel with short, closed tear-folds. Very Fine / Fine. [Item #4613]

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