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Limited Editions Club, New York, 1992. 560 x 470 mm. (22 x 18 1/2"). [13] leaves. No. 67 OF 400 COPIES. Publisher's red Japanese linen, black lettering on upper cover, flat spine. In the original suede-lined black cloth clamshell, red morocco label on upper cover. With five expressive color lithographs by Elizabeth Catlett. Prospectus laid in at front. In mint condition. This is a beautiful production of Walker's powerful expression of the black experience in America, accompanied by lithographs that juxtapose beauty and horror. Poetry critic Richard Barksdale considers the text one of the "cornerstones of a literature that affirms the African folk roots of black American life," noting that it has been "called visionary for looking toward a new cultural unity for black Americans that will be built on that foundation." Born in Alabama, Walker (1915-98) attended Northwestern University on the advice of Langston Hughes, and worked on the WPA Writers' Project with fellow Chicago residents Nelson Algren and Richard Wright. In this work, Professor C. Liegh McInnis tells us that Walker "paints a vivid picture that forces readers to face the horrors of black life while also being encouraged by its beauties and successes, as the repetition and cadence is an inspiring drumbeat, marching readers through the photo collage of black life and toward the mission of surviving and thriving." Elizabeth Catlett (1915-2012), whose equally vivid pictures enliven this work, was an inspired choice for illustrator; the Smithsonian Museum of American Art notes that she "devoted her entire artistic ca … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Rare Books (ABAA) [McMinnville, OR, U.S.A.]
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