First Edition of Langston Hughes's Laughing To Keep From Crying; Inscribed by Him
Laughing To Keep From Crying.
Item Number: 61051
New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1952.
First edition of Hughes’ second major collection of short stories. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “Inscribed especially for Wolfgang, With sincere regard Langston New York March 30, 1952.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing.
"More than any other American writer, Langston Hughes brought African American culture and traditions into American literature" (Oxford Encyclopedia, 237). Laughing to Keep from Crying, his first collection of short fiction in nearly two decades, highlights the finest aspects of his work: his "simple, direct, style, the thirst for social criticism, the balance between satire and comedy, the basic, easily recognizable plot line, and the ability to create 'everyman' characters" (Ostram, Langston Hughes). Its title, drawn from a blues lyric, especially speaks to how "Hughes was galvanized by the music of his people, whether blues, jazz, or religious… his specific commitment to depicting and strengthening the African American heartbeat in America… gave him a place of central importance in 20th-century African American literature and American literature generally" (Gates and Higginbotham, African American Lives, 420-22). On publication, the stories in Laughing won immediate praise as "highly successful… each is the work of a 'writer' in the finest sense of the word" (New York Times).
Other Books by this Author
New York: Rinehart, 1956.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Lengthily inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper (full page), “Inscribed especially for Amy Springarn, another “life” of mine, for a friend who has helped to make life of ever joyous and cultural interest. Most sincerely, Langston New York 1957.” Covers show some wear and some spotting in a very good dust jacket. Rare and desirable signed by Hughes.
New York: Hill and Wang, 1965.
First edition of Hughes’ classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. From the library of Henry Lee Moon with his bookplate on the front free endpaper. Henry Lee Moon was an American journalist, author and civil rights activist. In 1948, Moon began working for the NAACP as their public relations director. Moon held the position until 1974. During his tenure at the NAACP, he promoted voting rights and encouraged the organization to work harder to elect politicians friendly to their cause. While at the NAACP, he also wrote the book Balance of Power and edited a collection of W. E. B. Du Bois’ writings. In 1988, the library at the NAACP’s headquarters in Baltimore was renamed in his memory. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. A nice association.
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First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Daniel Bell on the front free endpaper. Very good in a very good dust jacket.