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Paul Robeson: Negro by  Eslanda Goode ROBESON - Signed First Edition - 1930 - from Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABAA and Biblio.com

Paul Robeson: Negro

by ROBESON, Eslanda Goode

Condition: Very Good


London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1930. Hardcover. Very Good. First English edition. Octavo. 153pp. Illustrated throughout with black-and-white photographs. Bookplate of Canon A.W. Parsons on front pastedown, a few faint pencil marks in text, moderate foxing on foredge, some stains and sunning on spine, about very good lacking the dustwrapper. Tipped to front fly is a Typed Letter Signed in green ink: "Eslanda Goode Robeson" to "Canon Parsons." February 24, [no year]. One leaf, recto only. The letter reads in part: "Mr. Robeson has asked me to thank you for your kind letter, and for your very constructive interest in his work. I am enclosing your list, to which I have added a few, and checked those which Mr. Robeson considers important and typical. I do hope you and Mrs. Parsons will come back stage at Leicester, after the concert is over, and say hello to Mr. Robeson. He will be looking forward to it." Laid in is a printed brochure of Robeson's "His Master's Voice" recordings. One leaf printed both sides with several items marked in pencil. Written by his wife Eslanda and originally published in the U.S. by Harper & Brothers in 1930, *Paul Robeson: Negro* was the first biography of the legendary athlete, baritone, and stage and screen actor. According their son, Paul Robeson, Jr., to whom the book was dedicated, his father had no direct involvement in the book's writing, and was "deeply angered" by its depiction of him as a lazy, immature artist in need of guidance. Yet Robeson also credited Eslanda as the catalyst for his acting career, and certainly relied on her for guidance, as she was his business manager. Despite Paul's objections, the biography was well received, with W.E.B. Du Bois placing it in the "Must Read" category in the September 1930 issue of "The Crisis", the official magazine of the NAACP. As indicated by the bookplate and letter, this copy belonged to a British priest interested in Robeson's recordings. The singer himself was the son of a Presbyterian minister and spirituals were a primary staple of his catalog. Robeson also had a special relationship with Great Britain. He had spent most of the 1930s making films there, and many of the selections in this brochure that he deemed "important and typical" were pop spirituals from those films, demonstrating both clear pride in his British output, and, likely an acknowledgment of Parsons' own citizenship. Noticeably, there are no checkmarks next to his two *Show Boat* recordings, among the most famous and celebrated in his body of work.
  • Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABAA US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 436475
  • Title: Paul Robeson: Negro
  • Author: ROBESON, Eslanda Goode
  • Format/binding: Hardcover
  • Book condition: Used - Very Good
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Victor Gollancz Ltd
  • Place: London
  • Date published: 1930
  • Keywords: African-Americana, Biography, Socialism, Music, ShowBusiness
  • Bookseller catalogs: Music; African-Americana;


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