The Weary Blues.
With an introduction by Carl van Vechen.
Hughes’s first book (fifth printing, first published January 1926). This is Nancy Cunard’s copy, with her ownership inscription dated 1931. This copy includes, laid down to the front pastedown, a photograph showing Langston Hughes and three others, likely taken by Cunard herself. Though she had always been something of a firebrand, for whom political activism would become a raison d’être, Cunard’s introduction to this way of life was through an engagement with race and racism. After meeting Henry Crowder in 1928, Cunard became romantically involved and moved in with him in Harlem. The outrage prompted by this, and her consequent 1931 attack on her parents’ racism “Black Man and White Ladyship”, caused her to be disinherited, and set her on the course her life then took. It was in this vein that she met and befriended Langston Hughes; her 1934 poetry anthology “Negro” included much verse by Hughes.
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Octavo. Original green cloth, titles to upper board and spine gilt, top edge stained yellow. Spine dulled, cloth a little creased and marked, but a very good copy.