New York: Dryden Press, 1941. First Edition. Octavo (21.5cm). Blue cloth titled in black on gilt panels; xviii,1082pp. Former owner's name in pencil on f.f.e.p. Sound, lightly rubbed, paper mildly toned: Very Good.
An "impressive and indispensable anthology" of African-American writing from Phillis Wheatley to Richard Wright, considered at its publication "the most important single volume of Afro-American writing ever published" (Blockson). In addition to the expected poetry and prose, the anthology also included previously overlooked genres like folk literature, fugitive slave narratives, speeches, and journalism. Brown, Davis, and Lee wrote informative critical introductions and biographical notes of the included authors. BLOCKSON Commented Bibliography of One Hundred and One Influential Books By and About People of African Descent 77.