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Clay, Stanley Bennett. IN SEARCH OF PRETTY YOUNG BLACK MEN. New York City, NY: Atria Books / Simon & Schuster, 2005. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 163 pages. As New/As New.

The author's second novel. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a relatively small and limited print run. "An engaging novel that will have readers caught up from page one. Stanley Bennett Clay has a poetic way with words, and the erotic scenes are as steamy as they come. A lust-laced hallelujah" (Zane). Stanley Bennett Clay is best-known as a screenwriter and playwright. He adapted both "Why Do Fools Fall In Love" and "Looking For God" to enormous critical acclaim. His debut novel, "Diva", was a surprise bestseller. "In Search of Pretty Young Black Men" is his book on his adopted city, Los Angeles, where he has pretty much lived most of his writing life. It opens with a poignant quote from W. E. B. Dubois: "Los Angeles is wonderful. Nowhere in the United States is the Negro so well and beautifully housed nor the average efficiency and intelligence in the colored population so high. Out here, there would seem to be no limit to your opportunities, your possibilites" (W. E. B. Dubois). Clay depicts Los Angeles as few others have: He does not leave out any of the steamiest, sleaziest, and dirtiest details, and the all-consuming American Dream that has always driven them. Anyone who wants to understand the sex appeal of the Black Stud to white women, black women, and white men should read this "unputdownable" book. Anyone who simply wants a good read, ditto. A "must-have" title for Stanley Bennett Clay collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black fountain pen on the title page by Stanley Bennett Clay. Bennett Clay's handwriting is one of the most elaborate we have ever seen. This title is now collectible. This is one of only two signed copies available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A very scarce signed copy thus. One of the most talented living American writers. A flawless copy. . ISBN 0743497155. $50.00

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