The Clansman. An Historical Romance of the Ku Klux Klan. [First Edition]
The basis for Griffith’s film The Birth of a Nation
A handsome copy of this famous novel that significantly raised the profile of the Ku Klux Klan and promoted its agenda. Blockson 101: “No American author of his time was more deeply devoted to the cause of white supremacy than Thomas Dixon, Jr. ... In 1905 he wrote The Clansman, championing the Ku Klux Klan as the knights of the South. Dixon portrayed the Reconstruction era as an era of Negro-Yankee reign of terror, along with his obsession with miscegenation. [Dixon’s book] eventually became D. W. Griffith’s most profitable and controversial silent film, The Birth of a Nation.”
Description: The Clansman. An Historical Romance of the Ku Klux Klan. [First Edition]
New York: Doubleday, Page, 1905. 374, [2 (adverts)], [2 (blank)]pp. + 8 plates. First edition. 8vo., publisher’s red cloth with white lettering, without rare dust jacket. White lettering to spine rubbed off, but same to front board is quite bright and all intact. Early owner’s name. A very good and clean copy.
Blockson 101, #53.