first edition, inscribed by the author on the front endpaper "in fellowship" to Donald Young. Additional inscription below to lyricist Yip Harburg of "Over the Rainbow" fame: "One of my eleven fans, with best wishes, Sterling A. Brown (S.A. Greer) (Senator Billboard Rawkins) 1955." Brown's inscription incorporates the name of his famous poetic character Slim Greer, who relied on his wit to disarm his white persecutors, as well as one of Harburg's famous creations, the bigoted senator from the musical Finian's Rainbow.
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