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1st autobiography of a Japanese-American Nisei woman  

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Holy Prayers In a Horse’s Ear

Tamagawa, Kathleen

New York\

Ray Long and Richard R. Smith, Inc.



264pp. Illustrated with photographs. (8vo), original quarter orange cloth over decorated paper boards, patterned endpapers; top edge stained., dust jacket illustrated by Samuel Bernard Schaeffer. First Edition.   

Tamagawa was the daughter of an inter-racial marriage, Japanese immigrant father and  Anglo-Irish mother. Inscribed on half-title: “To my dear Clara Elsene, whose cherished friendship meant so much in the up buildings of this book. Kathleen Tamagawa”

Tanagawa lived in both Japan and the United States, her caucasian husband was a federal official and Asian trade expert. In her late 30s, she wrote this memoir about “the personal and social complexities of growing up racially mixed during the early twentieth century”, first appearing in installments in Asia Magazine. Her only book, it was not recognized as a significant work of Asian-American literature until after her death in 1979.

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Shelf wear; edges of dust jacket chipped; very good.

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