Toni Morrison

Signed First Edition of "Song of Solomon," prominently mentioned in the presentation to Toni Morrison of the 1993 Nobel Prize in Literature - She was the first Black woman to win the Nobel Prize

Book Signed "For Nick / Toni Morrison" on the front free endpaper. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison, 337p, 5.5" x 8.5". New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1977. Fine condition. Stated "First Edition." Original dust jacket with minor flaws and sunning at spine. 

From the December 10 1993, Nobel Prize for Literature Award Ceremony Speech (translated from Swedish), in part, "Milkman Dead, the protagonist of 'Song of Solomon,' reflects one of the basic themes of Miss Morrison's novels, in his quest for self. Milkman's paternal grandfather was a liberated slave. When he was registering his freedom, he responded to a question about his father with the word 'Dead', thus acquiring his macabre surname from the drunken official who asked. His family was prepared to accept this name: 'It was new and would wipe out the past. Wipe it all out.' The Solomon whose name occurs in the title of the novel, Milkman's peculiar southern forefather, was to be found even in the song that went with children's games. The intensity of his inner life had carried him through the air back to the Africa of his origins. Solomon's rapture was ultimately Milkman's as well…"


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