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HUGHES, Langston
Simple Takes a Wife Signed in Cleveland!
Simon & Schuster, 1953. SIGNED First Edition Presentation copy of Hughes' Simple Takes a Wife, the breakthrough second title in Hughes' acclaimed "Simple" series, "The most famous character in black fiction." Inscribed by Langston Hughes to a close friend and longtime Cleveland NAACP member, Irene Liggins. Ralph Ellison praised Simple Takes a Wife as "a vivid picture of Negro life and its richness." and the New York Times, upon publication declared it "a superior achievement to the first of the series, Simple Speaks His Mind" (1950). "The new book is more of a piece, the material is more carefully and competently arranged, more unexpectedly presented; it is more brilliant, more skillfully written, funnier, and perhaps just a shade more tragic than its predecessor This is true humor with a bite to it, spoken in the authentic language of 135th Street" (NYT). Hughes' 1957 Broadway play, Simply Heavenly, was based largely on Simple Takes a Wife. With "First Printing" on copyright page; as issued without dust jacket. Boldly and memorably inscribed on the front flyleaf: "To Irene Liggins-- Sincerely -- Langston Hughes Cleveland, Feb. 16, 1959." Irene Liggins who, with her husband Alfred Liggins, was a longstanding member of the NAACP. Hughes, a close friend, was a frequent visitor and houseguest at their home in Cleveland, a city he considered home while attending Central High School. As a sophomore in Cleveland's Central High School, Hughes published his first pieces of verse in the Central High Monthly, which regularly featured a number of his early poems and short stories (Ram … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: PEN ULTIMATE RARE BOOKS [Catskill, NY, U.S.A.]

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