New York: Macmillan, 1975. Second Edition. Octavo. (21 cm. x 15 cm. ) 278 pp. Pictorial dust jacket with Newberry Award Medal affixed to front. Full brown, buckram cloth with author's signature reproduced on front cover in silver, titles in silver on spine. Very light, stray mark on front jacket. Slight scuff mark to verso. Inscribed by author on title page. Near Fine. Item #156
This children's classic, "M.C. Higgins, the Great", is both a classic coming-of-age story and a tale closer to that of folklore in its narrative approach. Magically real, it is the story of a young African-American boy, his views on life from atop his 40 foot pole and the changing landscape of the Appalachian Mountains. Writer, Virginia Hamilton, a descendent of slaves who fled on the Underground Railroad, used her deep American story roots of survival and environment in every one of her forty-one books written for children. "M.C.Higgins" won three important publishing awards: The Newberry Medal, the National Book Award in the Children's Books category and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. Hamilton, was the first Black author to receive the Newberry Award. This edition is warmly inscribed by the author, "For Sally, Sincerely, + thank you! Virginia Hamilton"