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Dreamer ** S I G N E D **

Johnson, Charles

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ISBN 10: 068481224X / ISBN 13: 9780684812243
Published by Scribner, 1998
Condition: As New Hardcover
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FIRST Edition, FIRST Printing, with publishers full number line present. A perfect volume in same condition UNclipped dust jacket.* SIGNED * by author on blank front free end-paper and dated in year of publication. NOT inscribed to anyone. This novel about Martin Luther King, Jr. is ".a tour de force that is personal, profound and deeply inspiring". A FIRST/FIRST. Mylar protected jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 000762

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Title: Dreamer ** S I G N E D **

Publisher: Scribner

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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This first work of fiction to explore the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., follows Matthew Bishop, a devoted follower of the civil rights leader, as he trains Chaym Smith, whose startling resemblance to King earns him the job of official stand-in. 125,000 first printing. Tour.


At the center of National Book Award winner Charles Johnson's novel Dreamer are three remarkable men: Martin Luther King Jr.; his aide, Matthew Bishop, an African American philosophy student; and Chaym Smith, a man who is a dead ringer for the civil rights leader. Not only does Smith resemble King, but he also shares his intellectual voracity, widely read in both Eastern and Western philosophy, proficient in Sanskrit and martial arts, and a talented painter. But where King is deeply spiritual, Smith is a cynic; where King has the full force of his strong beliefs and his strong family heritage, Smith has nothing but a lifetime of misfortune to shape his attitudes. When he offers to become King's stand-in, Johnson creates an ideal situation in which to explore issues long at the heart of the "race issue" in America: the inequality between black and white, even between black and black.

As the novel moves forward in time toward that fateful day in Memphis, Johnson concentrates on the relationship between Bishop--the narrator--and Smith, a man who, with better luck, might have been as great as King. Periodically, the author also lets us in on King's own meditations on his life and faith, and the movement to which he has given them. All in all, Dreamer is the kind of novel Charles Johnson does so well: a book about a big subject, chock full of ideas and populated by characters articulate enough to argue them.

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