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Roark Bradford's Ol' Man Adam An' His Chillun

Roark Bradford's Ol' Man Adam An' His Chillun

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264 pages, illustrations. 20 cm.

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Bradford, Roark. OL' MAN ADAM AN' HIS CHILLUN BEING THE TALES THEY TELL ABOUT THE TIME WHEN THE LORD WALKED THE EARTH LIKE A NATURAL MAN. New York and London: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1928. 264 pages, illustrations. 20 cm. Illustrated by A. B. Walker.

This is an early printing done in November, 1928 the same year as the first edition. Copyright code: L-C. Contemporary gift inscription on the front flyleaf is dated Christmas, 1928. Original decorative paper covered boards with cloth spine.

A very good copy in slightly chipped dust jacket that has one small gouge in the spine panel that also affects the paper label on spine. A scarce work of Black dialect in a scarce dust jacket.

"In the language of the Southern Negro, a rich and full-flavored narrative shot through through with racy humor, Mr. Roark Bradford begins a retelling of some of the Old Testament stories. The Negro preacher and his faculty for putting into colloquial speech the dramatic incidents of the Scriptures are famous, and this book has a lusty humor that is not to be resisted. A few of the chapter titles are: Eve and That Snake; Wrestling Jacob; Baalam and His Talking Mule; Sampson, Strong Boy; and Old Man Job".

This was the author's first book. It was later adapted for a play and film by Marc Connelly.

HANNA, 412: "Old Testament stories told in terms of Louisiana negro life".

 

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