Item #17786 Mercedes Gilbert. Aunt Sara's Wooden God First edition with related Langston Hughes playbill. Mercedes Gilbert.
Mercedes Gilbert. Aunt Sara's Wooden God First edition with related Langston Hughes playbill
Mercedes Gilbert. Aunt Sara's Wooden God First edition with related Langston Hughes playbill
Mercedes Gilbert. Aunt Sara's Wooden God First edition with related Langston Hughes playbill
Mercedes Gilbert. Aunt Sara's Wooden God First edition with related Langston Hughes playbill

Mercedes Gilbert. Aunt Sara's Wooden God First edition with related Langston Hughes playbill

First Edition

HUGHES, Langston, & GILBERT, Mercedes. Aunt Sara's Wooden God. Boston: Christopher Publishing, [1938]. First edition Frontispiece portrait of Mercedes Gilbert . 271 pages. Octavo, original publisher's cloth. Langston Hughes wrote the forward after meeting the novelist and actress Mercedes Gilbert (1894-1952) during her theater work. Hughes describes Aunt Sara's Wooden God as the story of thousands of southern families bound by poverty and blackness, hoping to escape the entrenched class and race violence of their world for something better.Hughes compared the work favorably to Jonah's Gourd Vine by Zora Neale Hurston and George Henderson's Ollie Miss. This first edition comes with a Vanderbilt Theatre playbill for the Langston Hughes play, "Mulatto", which starred Gilbert. Huhes likely met Gilbert when this production was staged, two years before he wrote the forward for Aunt Sara's Wooden God. The playbill has 12 pages. [New York], [1936]. The book remains an important document of African-American social history. Both the first edition book and the playbill linking Langston Hughes and Mercedes Gilbert have minimal wear and are in very good condition. Very rare.

Item #17786

Price: $4,500.00

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