Shakespeare in Harlem. With drawings by E. McKnight Kauffer.

New York: Knopf, 1945. Kauffer, E. McKnight. Second printing. Inscribed and signed by Hughes "For Lloyd J. Reynolds with my thanks for his kind introduction to my Portland audience tonight, Sincerely, Langston Hughes. Portland, January 23, 1946". Cloth, small spot on top edge, else fine. Hughes spoke in front of 1800 people on January 23, 1946, at the Benson High auditorium, under the auspices of the Urban League, on "Race Relations in American Democracy". Reynolds was a beloved teacher at Reed College who would become one of America's foremost calligraphers. A decade later, summoned by the HUAC investigators, he claimed the protection of the Fifth Amendment in refusing to testify. An original photograph of Hughes at a lectern is affixed to the front pastedown. For this second printing Knopf supplied a note apologizing for the visible watermarks that appear in the background of some of the illustrations, stating "in wartime our printing (and binding) ideals cannot always be realized" Item #31923

Price: $500.00

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