New York: Dial Press, 1974. 8vo. [viii], 197 pp. FIRST EDITION. Publisher’s orange cloth, bright yellow dust jacket in perfect condition. Item #17437
First edition of this love story set in 1970’s Harlem. The title is a reference to the song Beale Street Blues (1916) by W.C. Handy and named after the actual street in Memphis. The story follows main characters Tish (19) and Fonny (22) as they get engaged and then pregnant, and the responses from both families as their stories unfold. Fonny is subsequently falsely accused of rape, and jailed. If Beale Street could talk was been adapted to film by Barry Jenkins in 2018 and nominated for numerous awards.
This is the fifth novel written by Baldwin (1924-1987), an African American novelist and social critic, well known for his essays on racial and class distinctions in society.