Raisin In the Sun

Sharon Biederman sbiederm at nova.umuc.edu
Thu Mar 6 11:38:23 EST 2003


    The book's selection for the city-wide reading program will certainly
increase sales, but not necessarily value.  One assumes the ML
firsts of that title were initially distributed around the country, not
just sent to Chicago.  Most of the buyers in Chicago are merely looking
for a cheap reading copy, and don't care about which edition or printing
they read.  Therefore the number of printings may increase, with no
special demand for the earlier ones.  I've seen this phenomenon in some of
the original series hardcovers that were used as college textbooks,
particularly the anthologies.

On Thu, 6 Mar 2003 GrmChiTown at aol.com wrote:

> Hello, all.
> Like several other cities, Chicago started a city-wide reading program about 
> a year ago, in which one book is chosen during a particular period of time 
> for book discussion groups around the city to read and discuss.  This has met 
> with widespread acceptance and has involved a large number of people.
> The first book last year was "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee.   The 
> current selection is "Raisin In the Sun" by Lorraine Hansberry.  The ML 
> connection is this.   A couple days ago I was shopping in my local 
> independent bookstore and they had the ML version of the book (the most 
> recent hardback series) on prominent display along side a trade paperback 
> version.  So this will most likely spike up sales of this book exponentially 
> in this significant market, especially given all the Chicago connections 
> intrinsic in the book.  Would it be too extreme to speculate that this might 
> be one current ML book that winds up being a collectible in future years? If 
> we apply the usual laws of supply and demand, would high sales to the reading 
> public yield an unusual demand for the same book in the future as a 
> collectible?  And if so, maybe this current series is worth at least an 
> honorable mention in paragraph form on an ML price list?
> Best regards
> Gordon R. McCoy

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