New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1930. Fourth Printing. Hardcover. Good. Signed. First edition, fourth printing. Signed by Langston Hughes, warmly inscribed "To Dorothy, one grand girl-- Langston / San Fransisco / May 22, 1932." Good, with light staining to cloth, light fraying to cloth along tips, lean to spine, front hinge exposed. Assumed to be inscribed to Dorothy West, a fellow Harlem Renaissance writer, whom Hughes nicknamed "The Kid." In 1932, Hughes and West, along with a group of African American activists, traveled to Russia by boat to make a film about racial injustice and cruelty in the American South, in part sponsored by the Soviet Union government. The film was never made, though Hughes and West remained in Russia together for a year. Though the two were never proven to be romantically involved, West asked Hughes to marry her in a 1933 letter. He declined. (Inventory #: 161208003)
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