Seven Long Times. [Inscribed and Signed]
Seven years of “pulling time”
Published seven years after Thomas’s Down These Mean Streets, Thomas returns to describe in further detail his brutal life in prison, locked up for seven years. The book has been “criticized by some as a tepid retelling of events more forcefully recorded in Down These Means Streets but praised by others as a testament to the human will to survive and as a call for prison reform.” [Andrews, Forster, Harris] Inscribed to Philadelphia black American television reporter Edie Huggins, one of the earliest female reporters, if not the first, to break the color line in Philadelphia, in this field. Thomas writes: “To a Sister and her [indistinct] sons, Edie Huggins. ‘Palante Siempre’ (Forward Always). You an I are grains of sand—enough of us together —no matter the color or the creed will make a beautiful black indeed— Your Bro. Love Piri Thomas.”
Description: Seven Long Times. [Inscribed and Signed]
New York: Praeger (1974). First Edition. Inscribed and Signed. Cloth. Illustrated. Octavo. Throughout text and inside rear cover, in black and red ink, a number of brackets, asterisks, comments in margins, likely reporter Edie Huggins, responding to the text; an otherwise near fine copy in a like dust jacket.