Very Good. Washington Square Press 2003 G a l l e y P r o o f Edition Prerelease version. Very early hand bound prerelease version. Slight wear to white wraps with black cloth binding. Product Description The Conquest, published in 1913, is the first of seven novels written by Oscar Micheaux, better known as a prolific pioneer African-American filmmaker. This novel, along with two that followed, The Forged Note in 1915 and The Homesteader in 1917, mirrors Micheaux's experience as a black pioneer of the American West. The son of former slaves, his family had settled in Kansas as a part of the Exoduster movement in the post-Reconstruction era. Micheaux tells the story of a brave homesteader, Oscar Devereaux, whose dream is to tame 1, 000 acres of land and establish himself as an example of success for his people; hence, The Conquest. He secures the land but is overwhelmed by his struggles with drought, loneliness, and a troubled marriage. Recently "rediscovered" as an important figure in the history of Hollywood filmmaking, Micheaux is being newly appreciated as well for his skills as a novelist. The reissue of The Conquest, including an introduction by Professor Jayna J. Brown, reacquaints us with his work and puts his groundbreaking career in context for a new generation of readers. About the AuthorRarely reprinted and never before in paperback, The Conquest is introduced by Learthen Dorsey, a professor of history at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Also available in a Bison edition is Oscar Micheaux's 1917 novel The Homesteader.
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