New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1999. Later printing. Hardcover. 252pp. Sextodecimo [16.5 cm] Purple cloth over boards with gold gilt letting on front and spine. New / new. Item #59239
From the publication of his first book in 1926, Langston Hughes was hailed as the poet laureate of black America, the first to commemorate the experience of African Americans in a voice that no reader, black or white, could fail to hear. Lyrical and pungent, passionate and polemical, this volume is a treasure-an essential collection of the work of a poet whose words have entered our common language.