HUGHES, Langston (1901-67)
American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist. He was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form called jazz poetry. Hughes is best known as a leader of the Harlem Renaissance in New York City. He famously wrote about the period when”the negro was in vogue”, which was later paraphrased as “when Harlem was in vogue”.
“Shakespeare in Harlem” Alfred A. Knopf, NY, 1942. 8vo. Orange and black cloth sans dust jacket, 123 pages. First Edition. Features a signed and dated dedication on the first free endpaper: To Edwina Brown, with regards from Langston Hughes, Chicago, December 15, 1942. This is Hughes first collection of poems since 1932 and rather uncommon war-time production. Boards and spine “lovingly” worn but spine in intact. Interior toned but fresh.
Some bookdealers are selling this volume, with dustjacket, for upwards of $2,450. Without the dust jacket they are being offered for as much as $1,800. Ours is well within realistic price range. NOTA BENE: a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book benefit The Hunthausen Foundation, Seattle, established by the late Archbishop Raymond G. Hunthausen, the goal of which is to provide permanent housing for the homeless. Since the inception of the Foundation, more than $700,000 has been raised.