Tongues of Flame
A scarce first US printing
First US edition, first printing hardback in dustwrapper. 21.5 × 14cm. 162pp.
These beautifully crafted stories depict the changing relationships between black and white southerners, the impact of the civil rights movement, and the emergence of the New South. Mary Ward Brown is a storyteller in the tradition of such powerful 20th-century writers as William Faulkner, Harper Lee, Flannery O'Connor, and Eudora Welty-writers who have explored and dramatized the tension between the inherited social structure of the South and its contemporary dissolution. With Tongues of Flame, her first collection of short stories, Brown bares the awkward, sometimes hopeful, and often tragic suffering of people caught in changing times within a timeless setting.
A good plus copy. The book has some light tanning to the pages but the binding is secure and the book is free from inscription. The flaps of the dustwrapper have some creasing to the edges but this has not been price-clipped and is now within a protective sleeve.