Hardcover. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1940. 1st Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, first printing (publisher's code "A-P"), in the first issue binding. Publisher's blue cloth, lettered in light gray and red; in the original teal and yellow dust jacket, lettered in black and teal. Fine book; unclipped dust jacket, with a small chip to the top edge of the front panel, minor wear to the spine ends, bright spine with just a touch of rubbing and some minor soiling. Overall, a near fine and very fresh copy. The author's first novel, Native Son tells the story of Bigger Thomas, a poor African-American man living in the impoverished South Side of Chicago in the 1930s. Specifically, Wright addresses how societal expectation influences action and explores structural inequality of the American justice system through an unsympathetic portrayal of the misdeeds and trial of an African-American murder. An immediate popular success, Native Son became the first book by an African-American author to be a best-seller and the first to be a Book-of-the-Month Club selection. Notably, Native Son also had a profound influence on the African-American literary community and was most famously addressed in James Baldwin's Notes on a Native Son (1955).