The Poet And Other Poems SIGNED by Harlem Renaissance Black Jazz Poet 1920 Rare
THE POET AND OTHER POEMS By Raymond Garfield Dandridge. Privately Printed, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1920. First Edition. SIGNED and INSCRIBED by African American Poet RAYMOND GARFIELD DANDRIDGE on the front free end-paper, in black pen: "In grateful appreciation to / Mr Emerson Venable / Ray G Dandridge / July 12, 1920." Hardcover, illustrated paper covered boards, 7.5" x 5", marbled end-papers, 64 pages. This collection is recognized for having the earliest published example of "Jazz Poetry" by a Black Poet (De Drum Majah). A Very Rare Copy - Signed and Inscribed by Controversial Harlem Renaissance Poet Raymond Garfield Dandridge. Dandridge, paralyzed by polio, did not get out much. Books signed by him are extremely hard to find and historically important. Inscribed to Emerson Venable (1875-1965) noted Shakespearean authority, English Literature Professor at Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati, editor of Poets of Ohio (1909), and father of Hollywood actress Evelyn Venable. Raymond Garfield Dandridge (1883-1930). Influential African American Poet who overcame debilitating paralysis to become a Celebrated Literary Figure in The Harlem Renaissance and New Negro Movement. His evocative use of Dialect, though controversial, reveals Negro life in America while vividly protesting racial inequality. In 1911, Dandridge caught polio leaving his legs and right arm paralyzed. Confined to his bed he worked as a salesman for a coal company via telephone, and was the Literary Editor of the Cincinnati Journal. He published three books of poetry: Penciled Poems (1917), The Poet and Other Poems (1920), and Zalka Peetruza and Other Poems (1928). His work appears in anthologies of African American poetry, including The Book of American Negro Poetry. Dandridge died at only 47. This Very Rare Signed Raymond Garfield Dandridge First Edition is in VERY GOOD CONDITION: Complete as issued. The covers have light edge and spine-end wear; light age-toning; a touch of wear to the boards and a small stain. Internally, just some stiff upper corner creasing to the last text leaf, otherwise the inner pages are tight, bright, clean and unmarked, and the 1920 signature/inscription is bold and bright.