Radical & Proletarian Literature

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Mother of Truth: A Story of Romance and Retribution Based on the Events of My Own Life
New York: Graphic Literary Press, 1929. First Edition. A novel based on events from the author's life, woven around the motion picture industry in modern Russia, with a dash of romance and a Tsar-like Trust which dominates the cinema field. Abramson was a Polish-born filmmaker and screenwriter in the U.S....
[Item #20013]
Price: $200.00
 
Mother of Truth: A Story of Romance and Retribution Based on the Events of My Own Life
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Don't Cry, Scream
Detroit: Broadside Press, 1971. Reprint. Octavo. Staple-bound pictorial wrappers; 64pp. Mild external toning and wear; text clean and unmarked; Very Good. Seventh printing.
[Item #16465]
Price: $12.00
 
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Poèmes Militants
N.p. [Conakry?]: Parti Democratique de Guinee, 1964. An apparently unrecorded early printing, matching the dimensions and pagination of the Lumumba imprint (issued the same year), but entirely without notice of printing on title page. Poèmes Militants, a collection of terse and aggressive lyrics on Guinean Independence, appeared relatively early on...
[Item #14809]
Price: $200.00
 
Poèmes Militants
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The Blues Ain't Nothing But...A Poem
Washington, D.C. by the Author, 1976. First Edition. Everett Goodwin (d. 1996) was a D.C.-area poet, playwright, and civil rights activist. This was his first published collection. Octavo. Staple-bound, pictorial wrappers; 38pp. Inscribed by Goodwin inside front cover; marked "Author's Copy" on inside rear wrapper. Covers soiled, else Very Good...
[Item #15112]
Price: $25.00
 
The Blues Ain't Nothing But...A Poem
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The Book of American Negro Poetry
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Co. [1944]. Reprint. Early reprint of this standard anthology, first published in 1922 and edited by one of the leading figures of the Harlem Renaissance. Small octavo (19cm). Red cloth boards, lettered in orange on spine; dustjacket; 300pp. Prominent bookseller's stamp to front endpaper and...
[Item #16626]
Price: $20.00
 
The Book of American Negro Poetry
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Studies in Black Literature. Vol 2, no. 2 (Summer 1971)
Fredericksburg: Studies in Black Literature, 1971. First Edition. Includes "Richard Wright: A Bibliography of Secondary Sources," by Russell C. Brignano. Quarto. Staple-bound, printed card wrappers; 24pp. Faint cover wear, else Fine.
[Item #15891]
Price: $25.00
 
Studies in Black Literature. Vol 2, no. 2 (Summer 1971)
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Studies in Black Literature. Vol 2, no. 3 (Autumn 1971)
Fredericksburg: Studies in Black Literature, 1971. First Edition. Includes "A Bibliography of Ralph Ellison's Published Writings" by Bernard Benoit and Michel Fabre. Quarto. Staple-bound, printed card wrappers; 28pp. Faint cover wear, else Fine.
[Item #15892]
Price: $35.00
 
Studies in Black Literature. Vol 2, no. 3 (Autumn 1971)
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Studies in Black Literature. Vol 3, no. 1 (Spring, 1972)
Fredericksburg: Studies in Black Literature, 1971. First Edition. Includes "The Negritude Tradition in Literature" a lecture by Bruce McM. Wright. Quarto. Staple-bound, printed card wrappers; 28pp. Faint cover wear, else Fine.
[Item #15893]
Price: $25.00
 
Studies in Black Literature. Vol 3, no. 1 (Spring, 1972)
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Synergy: An Anthology of Washington D.C. Blackpoetry
Washington, D.C. Energy Blacksouth Press, 1975. First Edition. Anthology of D.C.-area poets, including Sterling Brown, Jodi Braxton, Gaston Neal. Co-edited by E. Ethelbert Miller - one of his earliest published projects. Uncommon in the trade. Octavo (21cm). Die-cut black card wrappers; [x], 107, (8)pp. Slight sunning to spine; Very Good...
[Item #14358]
Price: $25.00
 
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The Black Revolutionary Poet & The Primitive Man [Limited Edition, Signed]
[San Francisco]: Journal of Black Poetry, 1967. First Edition. Collects two powerful poems by the important Bay-area poet and key member of the Black Arts Movement, who co-founded Black Arts West with Ed Bullins. Among the scarcest items by Marvin X; we find no examples of the limited issue in...
[Item #18551]
Price: $250.00
 
The Black Revolutionary Poet & The Primitive Man [Limited Edition, Signed]
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God's Children: A Modern Allegory
Chicago: Charles H. Kerr, 1903. First Edition. A Socialist freethought fantasy, in which God is re-imagined as an omnipotent but now caring being who wills that "in the near future ... those among you who live in idleness and work not, shall not live upon the blood and sweat of...
[Item #19291]
Price: $150.00
 
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Kit Brandon: A Portrait
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1936. First Edition. A later but important work for Anderson, a Depression novel firmly in the proletarian mode. Set in the mountains of Tennessee among textile workers and moonshiners. A tough book to find in nice condition. HANNA 76. BLAKE p.257. BOGER 5. Octavo. Black...
[Item #18736]
Price: $150.00
 
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Marching Men
New York: John Lane Company, 1917. First Edition. Anderson's scarce second novel centered around a dis-illusioned miner's search for meaning and order, who takes it upon himself to marshall the disorganized workers in his town into a disciplined, organized unit. A major proletarian novel, and scarce in any sort of...
[Item #18249]
Price: $350.00
 
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Poor White
New York: B.W. Huebsch, Inc. 1920. First Edition. Anderson's fifth book, a novel centering around the rise of a poor white Tennessee farm worker who became a rich industrialist, the result of an agricultural machinery invention. The book also contains strong strike elements towards the end, where a last-ditch effort...
[Item #18247]
Price: $175.00
 
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"Trash?" [Anonymous manuscript poem of 149 lines (5pp) in the voice of a Depression-era refugee]
N.p. N.d. A highly accomplished and moving long poem written in the voice of an unemployed mill-town woman during the Great Depression. Unattributed and undated, but apparently (based on paper and degree of wear) contemporary with the events described. Whether actually written by an unemployed mill-worker's wife or by a "trained"...
[Item #19704]
Price: $500.00
 
"Trash?" [Anonymous manuscript poem of 149 lines (5pp) in the voice of a Depression-era refugee]
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The Confession of a Rebellious Wife
Boston: Small, Maynard & Co. 1910. First edition. A scarce American feminist novel, originally published (also anonymously) in the American Magazine for July, 1909. A contemporary reviewer noted of this work: "the writer passes from idealizing a lover whom she fancies she understands, to a state of mind in which...
[Item #11695]
Price: $450.00
 
The Confession of a Rebellious Wife
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Poets of Darkness
Jackson, MS: The University Press of Mississippi, 1981. First Edition. A compilation of mining poems by Appalachian scholar and writer, James B. Goode. Illustrated with black and white photographs. Laid in is a newspaper clipping of the book review written by William Paulk. Author's 12-line note, dated 7/16/81, thanks Paulk...
[Item #14798]
Price: $40.00
 
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But Not Yet Slain
New York: A.A. Wyn, Inc. 1947. First Edition. A novel about Washington politics during the post-New Deal era. It follows the optimistic Matt Wells who moves to Washington D.C. with the dream of being a great politician only to be seduced by money, debauchery, and booze. Wells struggles between his...
[Item #16082]
Price: $60.00
 
But Not Yet Slain
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The Raw Edge
New York: Random House, 1958. First Edition. A hard-boiled novel of the New York waterfront, in the vein of Appel's 1930s proletarian crime novels such as Brain Guy and Powerhouse. Like the Shahns, Appel and his wife were charter residents of Jersey Homesteads (later Roosevelt), New Jersey and the four...
[Item #14210]
Price: $400.00
 
The Raw Edge
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Just As I Feared
Indianapolis / New York: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1941. First Edition. A spoof of Russia, including a straight-faced take on the industrial, economic, social, and emotional aspects of Russian life, involving a cast of characters from various walks of life. First Printing. Octavo (20.5cm); green cloth, with titles stamped in black...
[Item #20015]
Price: $125.00
 
Just As I Feared
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Post-Caviar: Barnstorming With The Russian Grand Opera
New York: Longmans, Green and Co. 1939. First Edition. Octavo (21cm). Pictorial coth boards, stamped in red on spine and front cover; dustjacket; 210pp; decorated endpapers; illus. Ownership signature in ink to front endpaper, else a tight, fine, unmarked copy. In an indifferent example of the pictorial dustwrapper, spine-toned, soiled...
[Item #20145]
Price: $25.00
 
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Signed Photograph, ca. 1910
New York. A good early studio portrait of Eastman, during or just after his student days at Columbia and probably contemporaneous with his earliest involvement with The Masses. We have never seen a published example of this portrait. Original sepia-tone photograph, ca 16cm x 11cm (6-1/4" x 4-1/4"). Mounted on...
[Item #14478]
Price: $250.00
 
Signed Photograph, ca. 1910
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Typed Letter, signed. 1pp, to Jack Carney, dated July 23, 1919
New York: 1919. A letter with good content to Carney, who at this time was editor of The Irish Worker. Eastman refers to a meeting at which both he and Carney were present, expressing regret that "...I failed to see you when you were here...I am so preoccupied and anxious...
[Item #14479]
Price: $300.00
 
Typed Letter, signed. 1pp, to Jack Carney, dated July 23, 1919
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Typed Letter, signed. 1pp, to Art Young, dated Nov. 11, 1912
[Terre Haute]: 1912. Brief letter in which Theodore Debs writes on behalf of his older brother, the prominent Socialist and Presidential candidate Eugene V. Debs, a few days after the end of Debs' unsuccessful Presidential campaign of 1912: "Dear Comrade Young - Gene wishes me to send you a thousand...
[Item #14481]
Price: $300.00
 
Typed Letter, signed. 1pp, to Art Young, dated Nov. 11, 1912
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Thoughts of Mother Jones, Compiled from Her Writings and Speeches
Huntington, WV: Appalachian Movement Press, [ca 1970]. Brief compilation of quotes from the writings of Mary "Mother" Jones, the fiery IWW orator and organizer of the West Virginia coalfields. Staple-bound pamphlet. Printed paper wrappers; [8]pp; illus. Rear wrapper detached (but present); vertical crease, fading and soil to covers; Good.
[Item #17504]
Price: $12.00
 


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