Hei ren shi xuan [The poetry of the Negro].

Beijing, Renmin wenxue chubanshe, 1959.

8vo, pp. [2], 2, 102; a fine copy, bound in the original illustrated wrappers depicting an African American farmer holding a scythe.

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Very rare second edition (first edition 1957) of the Chinese translation of The poetry of the Negro, 1746 – 1949, an anthology of poems by African American writers first published in the United States in 1949 and including, amongst others, George Moses Horton, James Weldon Johnson, Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Margaret Walker, Countee Cullen, Melvin Tolson, as well as Langston Hughes, the editor of the collection, and Caribbean poets such as Claude McKay.

‘In opposition to racial identity politics, Hughes and Bontemps advanced a politics of identification […]: wars of positions that counter and overwhelm the propagandists of the bourgeois state and that directly challenge coercive power through the development of anti-capitalist mass movements and specific nonviolent direct action strategies, such as boycotts and solidarity strikes’ (Scott, Socialist Joy in the Writing of Langston Hughes, pp. 168-169).

No copies of this second edition are recorded on Worldcat; only 3 copies of the first edition are recorded (Harvard, National Library of China and Shanghai Library).

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