WINGS ON MY FEET, BLACK ULYSSES, by Howard W Odum -1929 [Signed, 1st Ed ]


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Wings On My Feet: Black Ulysses At The Wars

by Howard W. Odum

Fiction written as an autobiographical account, consisting of loosely connected episodes interspersed with folk songs. (Am. Journal of Sociology) American sociologist Howard Washington Odum (1884-1954) was known for his studies of the American South.

"One of the few depictions of African Americans in World War I, Wings on My Feet (1929) follows the tale of Black Ulysses, John Wesley "Left Wing" Gordon, begun in Howard W. Odum's Rainbow Round My Shoulder (IUP, 2006). On one level, the novel continues a symbolic journey of the African American spirit; on another, it tracks the experiences of one black soldier from draft to training, shipping out, landing, fighting, returning stateside, and reintegrating into society. The book also explores broader social issues of race, war, and prejudice. As the subtitle makes clear, it is the story not of one war but the various wars Black Ulysses has endured before, during, and after World War I." (later publisher) 309 pages. 5.5 x 8 inches.

SIGNED on front pastedown/endsheet by the author.

FIRST EDITION, published by: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, Indianapolis, IN. 1929.

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Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD condition.

  • Blue boards have yellow ink text on front and spine.
  • Binding is secure and strong.
  • Spine exhibits some sun fading, as do cover perimeters especially on back.
  • Spine ends are bumped, with wrinkle at head of spine.
  • Corners of covers are sharp.
  • Minimal signs of wear to perimeters.
  • Interior is free of writing and intentional marks.
  • Text block edges are dusty, with expected perforations evident on fore and foot edges.
  • Inside pages are gently age toned.
  • Small pencil numbers between back feps.
  • Back pastedown has discreet bookseller sticker near foot of hinge.
  • Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
  • CR20160630

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Subject: Literature & Fiction
Topic: WWI (1914-18)
Original/Facsimile: Original
Binding: Hardcover
Special Attributes: Signed
Publisher: The Bobbs-Merrill Company
Place of Publication: Indianapolis IN
Year Printed: 19290000
Author: Howard W. Odum
Region: North America
Language: English
Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
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