New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, ©1970. Second printing. 8vo.; blue cloth pictorially embossed, spine lettered in silver, red topstain, 201 pp, dust jacket. A Fine copy in Fine dust jacket.
An autobiographical novel about the author’s drug addiction set in Manhattan during the summer of the Newark riots (1967). When it was published, the “Times” called it “the most important work of fiction by an Afro-American since ‘Native Son’, but unfortunately Cain lapsed back into addiction and died virtually unknown and penurious in 2010. Cain and “Blueschild Baby” were featured in a March 23, 2018 article in the New Yorker, in which Leslie Jamison argued for “Blueschild Baby’s” inclusion in the addiction canon. Item #06516