Knopf, New York, 2007, First Printing with complete number line, SIGNED and dated in the year of publication by the author on the title page. The signature was acquired at the The New School, New York, on October 17, 2007 for which an event pamphlet is laid in. Rampersad is also the distinguished biographer of Langston Hughes and Jackie Robinson;his biography of Ralph Ellison was a finalist for the National Book Award.
In quarter brown cloth over like boards, gilt titles to spine, head of spine is pushed, else about fine, tight, square and unmarked; in an about near fine dust jacket, with National Book Award Finalist seal to front panel, unclipped, head of spine is slightly creased, touch of wear to extremities, now in mylar sleeve. An uncommon signed copy of what may be the definitive biography of the great African-American writer, in collectible condition. J2030