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    Warmly Inscribed by Richard Wright to Carson McCullers

    Richard Wright. 12 Million Black Voices. A Folk History of the Negro in the United States. Text by Richard Wright. Photo-Direction by Edwin Rosskam. New York: The Viking Press, 1941. First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by Wright on the front free endpaper: "To-/Carson/who, in a difficult World, has/maintained her own personal,/single, individual vision of/reality./As ever/Dick Wright/3/6/43/Brooklyn/New York[underlined]". Quarto. 152 pages. Profusely illustrated with black and white photographs. Publisher's full oatmeal cloth, spine stamped in brown, dust jacket. Jacket spine browned and worn, some general toning wear and occasional chipping to jacket panels, cloth spine a bit browned, some thumbsoiling to boards, some toning to text and foxing to endleaves. A very good copy, with a fantastic association.

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    In 1940, Wright wrote a glowing review of McCullers' The Heart is a Lonely Hunter for the August issue of New Republic magazine, stating, in effect, that she was virtually unique in her ability to honestly portray African-Americans characters with as much care and sensitivity as she would characters of her own race. When editor George Davis read this review, he invited Wright to a Thanksgiving dinner to introduce him to his friend (and roommate), Carson McCullers. Wright and McCullers hit it off and became fast friends, enjoying a life-long friendship.

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