Here is an unique opportunity to personally. Own a piece of cinema history! This is a RARE, vintage, original novel. Personally signed by a famous film director. From my extensive personal collection.
This is NOT a reproduction copy or reprint. It is a great looking Novel with original dust jacket. Please be aware that my digital image may differ. Slightly from the actual quality due to.
Published by Book Supply Company, New York, 1947. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good in archival cover.
Used Signed Hardcover First Edition with Dustwrapper! Love story set just before and during the Civil War by the pioneer African-American filmmaker. Renowned black author/movie director's fourth and final book.
Near fine in very good dust jacket, in fresh mylar cover. A tight square unmarked copy; VERY scarce and collectible, especially SIGNED.
Approximate Size in Inches: 5 3/4" x 8 3/4". Approximate Year of Origin: 1947 First Edition. Physical Condition: VERY GOOD Used Shape.Rare Original 401+ page American Book. Personally & boldly signed in ink by the author... Colorful dust jacket has some wear/aging. Oscar Micheaux was the quintessential self-made man. Novelist, film-maker and relentless self-promoter, Micheaux was born on a farm near Murphysboro, Illinois.
He worked briefly as a Pullman porter and then in 1904 homesteaded nearly 500 acres of land near the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Micheaux published novels in Nebraska and New York and made movies in Chicago, Illinois and Los Angeles, California.
Micheaux left autobiographical records in his first three novels, The Conquest (1913), The Forged Note (1915) and The Homesteader (1917), in which his protagonists play out a young black mans life in rural, white South Dakota. Micheaux began his career with door-to-door sales of his early writings to neighboring farmers. Encouraged by the modest success from his first novel, Micheaux gave up farming to write six other novels about this period and region.
Griffiths powerful and vitriolically anti-black movie The Birth of a Nation ironically impressed upon Michaeux the ability of a filmmaker to tell a complex, multi-character story every bit as compelling as a novel. Oscar Micheaux soon got the opportunity to test his theory in 1918 when he was contacted by the black-owned Lincoln Film Company in Nebraska to adapt his third novel, The Homesteader, to film. Michaeux rejected the offer and instead moved to Chicago where he made his own movie version of his novel. The Homesteader was the first full-length feature film written, produced and directed by an African American. Oscar Micheauxs desire to control the production and distribution of his films would be the hallmark of his career.
He would persuade the best black actors of his time to work in forty-four mostly low-budget films he produced between 1919 and 1948 that appealed to the rapidly growing black urban audiences of the post-World War I period. Most of Micheauxs films were detective stories, quickly written, filmed, edited and released. His African American audiences rarely complained since they were starved to see people on the Silver Screen who looked like they did. Micheaux on occasion tackled more complex subjects in his films. Within Our Gates, his fifth film, specifically attacked the racism portrayed in The Birth of a Nation.
He also took on controversial subjects in the black community including interracial romance, skin color hypocrisy and corrupt clergymen. As importantly, his films in the 1920s and 1930s contrasted sharply with the Hollywood image of blacks as lazy, ignorant and sexually aggressive. Many white critics decried Micheauxs amateur movie-making skills, yet his audiences devoured his product, making him the most successful black writer, producer and director in the United States until his death in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1951. Eventually Hollywood recognized both Micheauxs genius and his crucial role in opening opportunities for African Americans in front of and behind the motion picture camera. In 1987 Oscar Micheaux was memorialized with a Hollywood Walk of Fame Star.
Two years later he was given posthumous awards by the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame (1989) and the Directors Guild of America (1989). Each year Gregory, South Dakota, Micheauxs adopted home town, stages the Oscar Micheaux Film Festival. Near Mint: Very slightly used with almost no defects. Very Fine: Insignificant wear or defects, such as pinholes on the borders.
Fine: Minor wear or defects, such as pinholes within the borders. Very Good: Generally used, with normal age wear, with moderate defects.
Good: Heavily used but the overall eye appeal of the piece is intact. Fair: Heavy wear with defects. The item "OSCAR MICHEAUX Black Film Movie Director RARE SIGNED FIRST EDITION BOOK Novel" is in sale since Sunday, January 21, 2018. This item is in the category "Entertainment Memorabilia\Movie Memorabilia\Other Movie Memorabilia". The seller is "emoviez" and is located in Medford, Oregon.
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