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Black Man's Verse (Signed First Edition)

by Davis, Frank Marshall

Condition: Near Fine with no dust jacket


Chicago: Black Cat Press. Near Fine with no dust jacket. 1935. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. SIGNED on the title page and dated December 3, 1940. Also, generically inscribed opposite the title page: "As a writer and a member of a minority group, it is my wish that this thin tome will do its share toward helping other minority writers flee from persecution to these comparatively safe American shores." Although Davis lived and worked as a journalist in Chicago, with the publication of this, his first book of poetry, he became one of the most influential voices of the so-called Harlem Renassaince, though less well known than his contemporaries Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Thurston, and Richard Wright. Davis continued to work and write in Chicago until 1948, when he moved with his wife to Honolulu where he lived for the rest of his life. He enjoyed a renassaince of his own in 1973, when his work was re-discovered by a group known as the Black Arts Poets. From then until his death in 1987, he enjoyed considerable celebrity. Recently much has been made of his connection to President Barack Obama who as a teenager knew Davis. Known for his leftist sentiments and investigated in the 1940s and 1950s by the House Un-American Activities Committee, Davis has recently become a cause celebre for right-wing conspiracy theorists who often refer to him as "Obama's Communist mentor." An important and very scarce first book and an equally scarce signature. .
  • Bookseller: Leather Stalking Books US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 10686
  • Title: Black Man's Verse (Signed First Edition)
  • Author: Davis, Frank Marshall
  • Format/binding: Hardcover
  • Book condition: Used - Near Fine with no dust jacket
  • Edition: First Edition; First Printing
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Black Cat Press
  • Place: Chicago
  • Date published: 1935
  • Keywords: Poetry, Harlem Renassaince
  • Bookseller catalogs: Poetry;


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