The Negro Caravan. Writings by American Negroes
Price: 75.00 USD
New York: Citadel Press, by arrangement with The Dryden Press (1941). 1082pp. Thick octavo. Reprint edition. Beige cloth; without dust jacket. Light spine spotting; front joint with numerous tiny specks or stains; internally, in fine condition. "A classic of its kind, the volume was the most extensive collection of pre-World War II Afro-American writings ever published. This impressive and indispensable anthology included over one thousand pages of complete short stories, blues, folksongs, biographies, speeches, pamphlets, essays, letters, and selections from novels and plays [...] When it was published in 1941, the book was considered as being the most important single volume of Afro-American writing ever published [...] Black historian and bibliophile John Henrik Clark declared, 'Anyone who attempts to teach Black literature without reading this book seriously should be driven from the classroom.'" [Blockson 101, for the first edition] First comprehensive anthology of African American literature. Within are texts by Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Booker T. Washington, James Weldon Johnson, Leslie Pinckney Hill, Angelina W. Grimké, Phillis Wheatley, Frederick Douglass, Richard Wright, and others.