Ceremony. Leslie Marmon SILKO.


New York: The Viking Press, 1977. 21.5x14.5cm: 262pp. First Edition, First Printing. Bound in brown cloth over gray paper-covered boards. Top and bottom board edges sunned. Tiny closed tear to paper at upper corner of front board. Some browning along hinges and to endpapers. Text block edges lightly soiled. Internally clean and tight. In a price-clipped first-issue dust jacket with a sunned spine, typical for this dust jacket. Very Good in a Better than Very Good dust jacket.

Ceremony, Silko’s (Laguna Pueblo) first novel, was met with substantial critical acclaim when first published. Frank MacShane, in the New York Times Book Review, called it “one of the most realized works of fiction devoted to Indian life that has been written in this country.” Native American scholar Simon Ortiz (Acoma) called it a “special and most complete example” of “affirmation and what it means in terms of Indian resistance”, a novel which addresses the “very process by which story, whether in oral or written form, substantiates life, continues it, creates it.”

A well-preserved copy of this important Native American literary work, one of the few by any Native American author to have received book-length critical inquiry.

Source: Finnie, Graeme. "Ceremony". The Literary Encyclopedia.

Price: $125.00

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