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(LITERATURE.) Langston Hughes. Famous American Negroes. xi, , 147 pages. 4to, publisher's cloth, minimal wear; in original dust jacket with moderate wear; signed and inscribed on the front free endpaper: 'Especially for Henry Kraus—with sincere regard—Langston Hughes, New York, 2/26/54." New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1954
The first of Hughes's occasional ventures into history, featuring 17 short biographies ranging from Phillis Wheatley to Henry Ossawa Tanner to Jackie Robinson. Provenance: Henry Kraus (1906-1995), to whom the book was inscribed, was an early friend of Hughes from his high school days in Cleveland, renowned in his own right as a labor organizer and historian. The book was later a gift to the consignor's stepmother, a friend of the Krauses.