Platitudes. Trey Ellis.
Platitudes
Platitudes
Platitudes

Platitudes

New York: Vintage [Random House], 1988. First Edition, First Printing. Wrappers. A Fine copy of the UNCORRECTED PROOF for the first edition, first printing, of the author's DEBUT BOOK (which was itself trade paperback) with some light sunning to the spine panel and showing a couple of mild bend lines, complete with the Publisher's announcement sheet taped to the front wrapper's recto,. Ellis is a highly-regarded novelist, screenwriter, essayist, and professor at Columbia University. From the Ethnic Studies Review, Vol. 32 No. 1, 2009: "Trey Ellis has emerged as a prominent African American writer of the late-twentieth century, despite the small number of his published works. “The New Black Aesthetic,” an essay that he first published in CaUaloo in 1989, one year after the publication of his first novel, Platitudes, stands as a manifesto that defines and articulates his perspective on the emerging black literary voices and culture of the time, and on “the future of African American artistic expression” in the postmodern era. According to Eric Lott, Ellis's novel parodies the literary and cultural conflict between such male experimental writers as lshmael Reed and such female realist writers as Alice Walker. Thus, Ellis's primary purpose in writing Platitudes is to redefine how African Americans should be represented in fiction, implying that neither of the dominant approaches can completely articulate late-twentieth-century black experience when practiced in isolation." Copies of this Uncorrected Proof are quite scarce and we have ever only seen one other copy listed on ABE. A Fine copy and EXCEEDINGLY SCARCE. Fine. Item #2835

Price: $60.00

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