Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1988. First Edition. Volume documenting the Harlem Renaissance poet's special relationship with the blues tradition, discussing "how blues performers such as Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, Lonnie Johnson, Blind Lemon Jefferson, and Memphis Minnie greatly influenced Hughes. Comparing his work to traditional blues songs, Tracy shows how Hughes combined African-American oral and literary traditions to create a blues-inspired poetry that is intellectually stimulating, sociopolitically responsible, and aesthetically pleasing both as folk poetry and literature" (from the front flap). First Printing, a review copy, with the publisher's half-sheet review slip laid in. Octavo (23.25cm); navy blue cloth, with titles stamped in silver on spine; dustjacket; xiv, 305, pp. Fine in a lightly shelfworn, Near Fine dustjacket. (Inventory #: 29954)
The history, literature, and art of American social movements, including Civil Rights, Feminism, Labor History, Radical Politics, and Counterculture.
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