When Rocks Dance. (Signed)
First Edition. The first novel by this Trinidad native. Inscribed: “For Oliver St. C Franklin. Your appreciation of my work gives me the courage and the strength to go on. Best Wishes. Elizabeth Nunez-Harrell Feb 27, 1988”. Franklin neatly-inked this inscription to the book’s rear blank free endpaper:
“Nov. 14, 1987. Phila., Pa. John A. Williams had a reading on Oct. 16th at Robins Book Store. He read from his latest novel, (which I had already read) about a black American’s return to Africa as military attaché. Unfortunately, the events resembled too closely the recent events in Burkina Faso and the assassination of Capt. Thomas Sankara by a coup of his second in command, and childhood friend. Someone asked him to recommend the 3 best Black novels, he said The Outsider, Invisible Man and When Rocks Dance. Of course, everyone said what? And immediately ordered it. It was excellent of John A. Williams to recommend a new book—haven’t read any reviews of it. David Bradley mentioned that he had read it. Top News: the changes in Wilson Goode’s second administration.”
From the collection of Oliver St. Clair Franklin, OBE, Honorary Consul, British Honorary Consulate, Philadelphia.
Description: When Rocks Dance. (Signed)
New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, (1986). 272pp. Sm. 8vo. Publisher’s boards; illustrated dust jacket. Pages lightly-toned per paper quality used by the publisher. Near Fine.