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Shades and Shadows (Inscribed Copy)
Boston: Meador, 1930. First Edition. Signed and inscribed on the front endpaper by the author at Dillard University, an important historically black college (HBCU): "For Miss Peterson, This my earliest effort. Randolph Edmonds. Dillard University Sept. 20, 1944." Purple cloth publisher's binding with gilt to cover and spine. Near Fine with a bit of rubbing to the spine ends otherwise a fairly tidy copy of an uncommon book. An important association copy connecting a major Harlem Renaissance playwright to a school committed to equal education. Considered the founder of educational black theater, Randolph Edmonds compiled six of his most imaginative plays into Shades and Shadows. This was his first collection, tied together by dramatic fantasy that "were to be read aloud and were not intended to be acted on the stage." Soon after the release of Shades and Shadows, Edmonds joined the faculty of Dillard University, a private southern school committed to providing a predominantly African American student body with a liberal arts education that fostered "cultural enlightenment and participation" (Dillard). There, Edmonds taught drama and helped build the college's reputation intellectual and artistic innovation.
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