Chicago: Henry Regenery Co., 1959. First Edition. Blue cloth over boards with titling in red on spine. 5.5" x 8", pp. 1 - 432. Very nice copy with only some light rubbing to extremities, Christmas gift inscription on ffe, 8 lines of penciled page numbers on rear fe. DJ has light wear at extremities, tiny chip at bottom of spine, two closed tears, now appropriately protected in a mylar cover.
Frank London Brown (1927–1962), was a novelist, activist, and important figure among Chicago-based urban realists. Brown worked numerous jobs to support his literary ambitions. Most significant of these was his work as an organizer and program officer for the United Packing-house Workers of America and other labor unions. Brown was profoundly impacted by the musical culture of African American Chicago. Brown published a seminal interview with Thelonious Monk in Downbeat and pioneered in the reading of fiction to jazz accompaniment. Brown was a journalist covering the Emmett Till murder case. At the time of his death, he was an accomplished writer on the Chicago scene and a regular contributor to Negro Digest and various literary magazines.
This 1959 novel, Trumbull Park, is an account of the struggles facing African American families attempting to integrate a Chicago housing development. The great accomplishment of this novel is the detailed description of the “everyday” of urban African American experience, his excellent attention to vernacular speech and dialect, and a philosophically sophisticated account of the rise of despair in the ghetto and the continuing deprecatory impact of institutionalized racism. (Oxford Reference). Near fine / very good. Item #2441
"The weight of everything white - was what scared me; white bosses, white working buddies, white policemen, white housing authority,white people, white mobs." (p 156).