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Negro anthology.- First edition, signed by Nancy Cunard, dedicated to the Cuban poet and communist activist Nicolas Guillen.
Londres, Nancy Cunard at Wishart & co, 15 février 1934 - 31,5 x 25,5 cm, 855 p., 385 ill. Original binding, publisher's black cloth, typographic title and Black Belt map printed in red. First edition, limited to 1,000 copies (a significant number of which were destroyed during the London Blitz. Autograph dedication signed by Nancy Cunard (1902- 1989). A poet, editor, activist, journalist, anti-conformist, Nancy Cunard (1896-1965) is closely linked to the 20th century avant-guarde movements, notably the Surrealists. In 1928,in the wake of her relationship with Aragon, Nancy Cunard shares her life with the African American pianist Henry Crowder, who raises her awareness to the black cause. The trauma of her mother, Lady Cunard's insulting racism is certainly a catalyst in Nancy's antiracist and anticolonialist commitments.From 1931 to 1934, through her writings, her contacts, her travels, she gathers the materials and drafts her manifesto project. The 155 contributors to the Negro Anthology (250 articles) are activists, journalists, artists, academics, African Americans, West Indians, Latin Americans, Americans, Europeans, among which Alain Locke, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Th. Dreiser, Louis Armstrong, Ezra Pound, William Carlos William, G. Antheil, J. Banting, K. Macpherson N. Guillen, J. Roumain, Samuel Beckett (translator of the French Surrealists' contributions), R. Crevel, B. Péret, G. Sadoul, L.P. Quint, G. Michelet, G. Padmore, etc. An encyclopaedic literary, artistic and musical anthology as well as a wide documentary survey, Negro is the first overview which mixes popular culture, sociology, politics, history, art history, and includes articles, archives, press excerpts, music scores, testimonies.In a very modern editorial choice, which superimposes unpublished texts, compilations, raw documents and a very rich and extensive commented photographic iconography, the book is divided into seven geographic and thematic sections: America, Negro stars, Music (America, creole, West Indies, Africa), Poetry (by Negro poets, West Indian poetry, Poetry by white poets on negro themes), West Indies and South America (Jamaica, Haïti, Cuba, Barbados, Trinidad, Grenada, Virgin Islands, Guadeloupe, British Guiana, Brazil Uruguay), Europe, Africa. The work pertains to the aesthetics of African cultures with an important chapter "Negro sculpture and Ethnology" (90 photographs,12 plates: great museums and private collections (P.Guillaume, F.Fénéon, Ch. Ratton, Moffat) but its main motive lies on the denunciation of the hypocrisy and racist violence of Western and colonial societies. The origin of our copy is highly symbolic. The dedicacee,Cuban poet and communist activist Nicolas Guillen (1902-1989) unveiled the African heart of Havana to Nancy Cunard in July 1932 during her exploratory mission. Her poems, translated in English by Langston Hughes are part of Negro. But Guillen also shares with Nancy Cunard his commitment with the Spanish Republicans. She publishes her poems in "The poets of the world defend the Spanish people" (n°6, 1938). The date of the dedicace (August 1937) coincides with the arrival of Guillen in Paris in order to participate in the second International Congress of writers for the defence of culture. Attesting to the transnational and manifold antiracist and anticolonialist fights of the thirties, does not reduce Negro Anthology to a mere outdated atlas of negro suffering or to an archeology of negritude. The abolition of racial prejudice is still a current issue. The lesson in tolerance, the scope of Nancy Cunard's manifesto are intact, and so is its urgency. A pioneer in its committed conception, the originality and scope of the collected contributions, and in its great formal modernity, Negro Anthology is one of the exceptional and emblematic books of the 20th century and its cultural revolutions. Here, the recognition and importance of African culture appear for the first time in all their aspects. Beautiful copy, with an established origin, whose rarity and q [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
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