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South Street

Bradley, David

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ISBN 10: 0670659355 / ISBN 13: 9780670659357
Published by New York, New York, U.S.A.: Viking Pr, 1975
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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A fine hardcover copy in a fine dustjacket/brodart covered, First Edition. Review copy with review slip laid in. A very nice copy. No tears, no chips to dustjacket. No bumped corners. A very nice, clean and tight copy of the author's first book. = WE ship all books with Delivery Confirmation. = WE have been selling Used Books for over 32 years. Bookseller Inventory # 003317C

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Title: South Street

Publisher: New York, New York, U.S.A.: Viking Pr

Publication Date: 1975

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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A poet in search of reality finds a world of hookers, street preachers, blue-collar workers, and small time hoods that changes him and his outlook

Philadelphia's South Street is a world of contradiction. The hardscrabble neighborhood is filled with prostitutes and gangsters; Working stiffs mingle with winos at Lightnin' Ed's bar. But the streetwalkers are nearing retirement, the gangsters are unemployed, and a community is thriving in and around a place written off by officials and politicians as blighted.

Black poet Adlai Stevenson Brown makes his way to South Street in search of authenticity in the form of a neighborhood to save. But the world of South Street - beyond its grit and danger - is more than the cultured young fish out of water ever expected... and a lot more than he can handle.

PEN/Faulkner Award–winner David Bradley's marvelous debut novel is riotously funny and keenly insightful in equal measure. South Street is a magnificent evocation not only of a vanished time, but of an American archetype in Adlai - a man in search of someone to save, unaware that he himself may need saving.

About the Author:

David Bradley is an associate professor of creative writing at the University of Oregon and the author of "South Street" and "The Chaneysville Incident", the latter of which won the PEN/Faulkner Award in 1982 and was a finalist for the National Book Award. The novel also earned Bradley an Academy Award for literature. Bradley has published essays, book reviews, and interviews in periodicals and newspapers including "Esquire", "Redbook", the "New York Times", the "Los Angeles Times", and the "New Yorker".

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