Item #19706 Signed Copy of the The Weary Blues Langston Hughes. Langston Hughes.
Signed Copy of the The Weary Blues Langston Hughes
Signed Copy of the The Weary Blues Langston Hughes
Signed Copy of the The Weary Blues Langston Hughes

Signed Copy of the The Weary Blues Langston Hughes

First Edition

[African American] Hughes, Langston. The Weary Blues. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1947. First edition, 11th printing. Signed and inscribed by Langston Hughes. Yellow cloth hardcovers with green titling. No dust jacket. Octavo. 109 pages. This is Hughes's very first collection of poems, created at the age of 24. In The Weary Blues, Hughes began to address the preoccupations that carried through his later work. The poems follow "a self-assured and lyrical pace—partly because Hughes expected them to be performed with musical accompaniment in the famous Harlem clubs of that era". He asserted his poetic philosophy of speaking not only for himself, but also the whole African American population. The book is split into seven thematic sections: The Weary Blues, Dream Variations, The Negro Speaks of Rivers, A Black Pierrot, Water Front Streets, Shadows in the Sun, and Our Land. After its publication the book won several awards, and the prize money allowed Hughes to complete his college education in Lincoln, Pennsylvania. Hughes explores the Black experience and highlights the emerging culture in Harlem, but also reflects upon Hughes' travels in the early 1920s, in Mexico, Europe, and the Caribbean. Hughes inscribes and signs the front flyleaf "For Majorie Samuel - With all my best - Sincerely, Langston Hughes. Hughes's inscription covers the entirety of the page. New York, March 15, 1953." An influential text on the expressive culture in Harlem, this book is in very good condition.

Item #19706

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