[Item #6331] Cast the First Stone: A Novel of Prison Life. Chester Himes.
Cast the First Stone: A Novel of Prison Life
Cast the First Stone: A Novel of Prison Life
Cast the First Stone: A Novel of Prison Life
Cast the First Stone: A Novel of Prison Life

Cast the First Stone: A Novel of Prison Life

New York, NY: Coward-McCann Inc., 1952. First Edition. Hardcover. “A prisoner knows upon his first arrival in prison that he is losing time. Time is the one thing that can never be replaced; the element that can never be compensated for by any little victories lurking in the imagination. He knows, or he thinks that he knows, that his prison is a place where normal men of normal desires are shut off from their natural yearnings as a punishment for attacks on a cruel, uninterested society.” (From the front flap.) Published sixteen years after serving his prison sentence, Chester Himes’ (1909 1984) Cast the First Stone shows us the shadowy underbelly of a society in the business of building criminals. Before he was able to write and publish Cast the First Stone, Himes published his stories from prison, appearing in Abbott’s Monthly (Chicago), Atlanta Daily World, and Esquire, contributing to a major part of the conversation taking place about a convict’s right to sell their prison-related stories. Himes’ initial manuscripts of Cast the First Stone were rejected, and rejected, and rejected – I remind you that it was sixteen years after his sentence that this edition was published – until finally Coward-McCann agreed to publish a highly edited, highly censored version of Himes’ story. It wouldn’t be until 1998 – fourteen years after his death – that Yesterday Will Make You Cry, was published by Old School Books using the original manuscript Himes intended to publish. The version here is still haunting and profound, highlighting parts of our society that we either choose to look away from or are completely ignorant of, and could only come from someone with lived experience. Hardcover in unclipped dust jacket; First edition though not explicated as such on copyright page, assumed first printing. Book is in Fine condition with yellowed edges and smudges along the top and edge of book block. Dust jacket is similarly Fine with yellowing and rubbing along spine, very small open tear along top of back cover. Fine / Fine. [Item #6331]

Price: $350.00

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