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1st illustrated memoir of Japanese-American internment, with original art  

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Citizen 13660

Okubo, Mine

New York

Columbia University Press



209 pages.  Extensively illustrated by the author. (8vo) original gray cloth with blue printed titles and decoration, top edge stained,  in original dust jacket. First Edition. With 1989 softbound reprint.

With her original signed drawing on front flyleaf of a seated girl with a cat nearby. Inscribed “To Andrew and Jean…” The reprint has a similar original signed sketch of girl and cat on half-title page. The first now-classic account of wartime Japanese-American internment, by the young Nisei artist who spent a year the Topaz “Relocation” Center in Utah.

Hailed by Carey McWilliams as a ”beautiful and memorable” book, “notable for its wit, sharpness of observation, objectivity and generally unsentimental attitude”, and lauded by her later biographers as a “landmark…the first and arguably best-known autobiographical narrative of the wartime Japanese American relocation and confinement experience." The first significant Nisei novel of the internment did not appear for another 11 years, and another 15 years passed before Japanese-American internment fiction and non-fiction became “mainstream” literature.

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Dust jacket heavily worn with creases and up to ½" missing from top; book near fine.

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