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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. Fine/Fine.

The author's second novel. Stanley Bennett Clay's finest achievement. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Stanley Bennett Clay's "In Search of Pretty Young Black Men". His erotic thriller. "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. An absolute "must-have" title for Stanley Bennett Clay collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Stanley Bennett Clay. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Bennett Clay's signature is one of the most elaborately beautiful we have ever seen. This title is now collectible. This is one of few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies available online have serious flaws, are subsequent printings, or are remainder-marked. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A scarce signed copy thus. One of the most brilliant American writers of our time. A fine copy. . ISBN 0743497155. $50.00

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