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The Big Sea

The Big Sea

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The Big Sea

by HUGHES, Langston

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"My First Life," inscribed and SIGNED by Langston Hughes in this First Edition of Hughes' first autobiography. In The Big Sea, the first of an eventual two autobiographical volumes, Hughes recounts the period from his youth in Kansas and Mexico through the publication of his award-winning debut novel Not Without Laughter in 1930. (Hughes' second autobio, I Wonder as I Wander, wouldn't be published until 1956, and is much more widely available.) Hughes scholar and biographer, Arnold Rampersad, called The Big Sea "the finest firsthand account of the Harlem Renaissance in existence." Its "smiling poise is the poise of the blues, where laughter, art, and the will to survive triumph at last over personal suffering" (379). "First Edition" stated on copyright page. Rare signed. Text very fresh with faint soiling, some toning to spine of near-fine book. edge-wear with small closed tears to spine seam of very scarce jacket. Housed in a custom clamshell box. Book #vP2222. $6800. We specialize in Rare Ayn Rand, as well as other legends and landmarks.


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The Big Sea
HUGHES, Langston
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Harlem Renaissance, DuBois, Baldwin, Ellison.
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Sometimes used as another term for dust jacket, a protective and often decorative wrapper, usually made of paper which wraps...
First Edition
In book collecting, the first edition is the earliest published form of a book. A book may have more than one first edition in...
When a book is described as being inscribed, it indicates that a short note written by the author or a previous owner has been...
The outer portion of a book which covers the actual binding. The spine usually faces outward when a book is placed on a shelf....
Clamshell Box
A protective box designed for storing and preserving a bound book or loose sheets. A clamshell box is hinged on one side, with...
Copyright page
The page in a book that describes the lineage of that book, typically including the book's author, publisher, date of...

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