Negro: An Anthology. Nancy CUNARD, ed., ed. Hugh Ford, intro, ed Hugh Ford.

Negro: An Anthology

New York: Frederick Ungar Publishing Co., [1970]. Second (1979) Printing. New, abridged edition of Cunard's seminal anthology, first published in 1934. A monumental work, compiling some 250 contributions by more than 150 authors (two-thirds of whom were Black), first published and financed by Cunard, a direct descendant of Benjamin Franklin and heiress to the Cunard shipping fortune. Blockson notes Cunard's "bohemian spirit" and "unbending devotion to ending racial prejudice" and calls Negro "a landmark in African-American literature" (see BLOCKSON 71, pp.53-5). Cunard stated her purpose in publishing Negro was to show "that there was no superior race, merely cultural differences, that racism has no basis whatsoever." Among the impressive list of contributors were Langston Hughes, W.E.B. Du Bois, Zora Neale Hurston, Jomo Kenyatta, Samuel Beckett, Ezra Pound, Theodore Dreiser, Countee Cullen, Sterling Brown, Claude McKay, and many other key figures in the Harlem Renaissance. Folio (32cm.); original cloth in brown pictorial dust jacket; xxxii,464pp.; frontispiece, numerous illus. (mostly photographic) throughout text. Minor shelf-wear to extremities, else Very Good and sound.

Price: $250.00

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