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The Story of Dorothy Stanfield (Based on a Great Insurance Swindle--and a Woman!), A Novel

Oscar Micheaux

Published by Book Supply Company, Publishers, New York, 1946
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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The Story of Dorothy Stanfield (Based on a Great Insurance Swindle--and a Woman!), A Novel by Oscar Micheaux, was published by the Book Supply Company, Publishers, 40 Morningside Avenue, New York, in 1946. Not an ex-library copy, this approximately 5 1/4" X 8 1/2", 416-page, 67-year-old, Signed First Edition offering is in VG-/G+ condition. The book, in overall rather sound, firm physical shape, shows some modest yellowing of text's pages and endpapers as well as some staining from original glue on endpapers front and back. Some very modest shelf wear is seen at top edge of book's spine. The dust jacket, from end to end, is in surprisingly nice shape, the colors of spine and front section still bright and vivid. There is some fairly noticeable, but not terribly so, shelf wear at top and bottom edges of jacket's spine, and some darkening along top and bottom edges of back section as well as jacket's front/rear inside flaps. The book is SIGNED "Sincerely, Oscar Micheaux" on the middle-third portion of the reverse side of the book's period, richly-colored Frontispiece(by Artist Unknown). From front inside flap, "The story of Dorothy Stanfield is a powerful human document, crowded with action, adventure, murder, love, and suspense. .From the beginning, the story is concerned with the strange case of Dorothy Stanfield(whom Walter LeBaron meets in a gas station), the victim, indirectly, of the most mysterious and sensational swindle that ever occurred in Memphis. With a cloud over her head because of the scandal which followed the swindle, she had lived for three years in a state of perpetual distraction, never knowing a day of peace or happiness--until she met Walter LeBaron, with whom she falls in love! Begins then, and continues throughout more than 400 exciting pages, one of the finest, most exciting and beautiful love stories ever told." The author of such previous works as The Case of Mrs. Wingate and The Wind from Nowhere, Oscar Micheaux(1884-1951) has since become best known as the true "Father of African-American Cinema" in America, starting with his first two silent movies, "The Homesteader"(1919) and "Within Our Gates"(1920), and concluding with, after a goodly number of other successful pictures, "The Betrayal". The author explains, on the jacket's back section/rear inside flap, that "Patterns"(i.e., the manner in which White America expected Negroes to be depicted/presented in movies, on radio, in literature), and "Thou shalt not"(i.e., you, a Negro, shall not write, or produce, anything that presents Negroes as intelligent, caring, sensitive, "normal" human beings) are the motives for his writing novels such as our offering, and to struggle for the widest possible circulation of same throughout the length and breadth of America. This book is, quite simply, an important piece of American cultural history, as artists such as Micheaux strove to offer members of his race as equals to all others rather than ignorant, shuffling, mumbling, lazy no-accounts, to be belittled, laughed at, or worse, dismissed/ignored entirely. Bookseller Inventory # 006216

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Title: The Story of Dorothy Stanfield (Based on a ...

Publisher: Book Supply Company, Publishers, New York

Publication Date: 1946

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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