Lot 312 of 364:
1st novel by a Nisei woman, inscribed, about a Japanese-American family in Hawaii  

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Estimate:
$300 - $500

Title:
Upon Their Shoulders
Author:
Ota, Shelley Ayame Nishimura
Place:
New York
Publisher:
Exposition Press
Date:
1951
Description:

262 pages.  Foreword by Miles E. Carey. (8vo), original cloth in pictorial dust jacket. First Edition.   

Inscribed by author on flyleaf: “To Mrs. Hugh Johnson, this copy comes to you with the compliments of Herman’s Mfg. Furriers. Shelley A. Ota Nov. 30, 1952.” Issued by a “vanity” publisher and scarce.

Though not “the first Japanese-American novel in English,” as called by one historian, this is certainly the first novel by a Nisei woman writer,  telling the story of  a Japanese-American family in Hawaii, where the author was born and educated. Not interned during World War II; Ota taught school in Milwaukee and was an instructor in Japanese for adult education classes during the war years.  In a Dust Jacket blurb, Larry  Tajiri, editor of Pacific Citizen, called this “ a fine perceptive work of writing which illumines a facet of American life hitherto untouched in our literature.”

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Condition:
Dust jacket chipped at edges; approximately 1" missing from lower spine.
 
Item number:
288604
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