New York: Simon and Schuster, 1950. First Edition. CONTENT: [SIGNED] New York: Simon and Schuster, 1950. First Edition. 231 pages. Signed and dated November 12, 1950 by Langston Hughes. "The character whose nickname is Simple first appeared in a weekly column I was writing in 1943. He simply started talking to me one day about the war, Hitler, the draft, Shakespeare, and getting up earlier than necessary in the morning. Much of the material is derived from actual conversations heard or overheard in bars and on the corners of the largest urban Negro community in the world, reflecting not the Harlem of the intellectual or the professional, but that of the ordinary man in the street, the basic Harlemite who may not always know, but too often lives, those lines from the blues: When you see me laughing, I'm laughing to keep from crying. LANGSTON HUGHES CONDITION DETAILS: 8vo., 231pp.; VG/G+; spine tan with green and black lettering; dust jacket protected with a mylar covering, bumping and chipping to corners, head and tail of spine, crack on spine, including part of tail missing; price uncut; interior clean; top edge of text block blue; SIGNED by Hughes on ffep, "Sincerely~ / Langston Hughes / Oxford, / Nov.12, / 1950."; shelved case 2. Dupont. (Inventory #: 9-3-1264060)
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