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Anthology of Negro Poetry. Rare first and only Russian edition.

Anthology of Negro Poetry. Rare first and only Russian edition.

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Anthology of Negro Poetry]. Antologiia Negritianskoi Poezii.

Series Biblioteka “Ogonek” No 10 (925). 
Translation and compilation by R. Magidoff.
Cover by Ya. Berk. 

Moskva, Zhurnalno-gazetnoe obedinenie, 1936. 
32mo, 48 pp.

In original pictorial wrappers.
In good condition, overall wear, light water-stained to cover, owner’s signature to front cover, title and p. 3.

The anthology includes poems by Sterling Brown, Angelina Grimké, Allison Davis, Clarissa Scott Delany, Georgia Douglas Johnson, Fenton Johnson, Countee Cullen, Anita Scott Coleman, Joseph Seamon Cotter, Waring Cuney, Claude McKay, Edward Silvera, T. Thomas Fortune Fletcher, Langston Hughes.
The anthology was prepared by Robert Magidoff (1905-1977), a journalist born in Kiev who moved to the USA in 1922. In 1933, he visited the USSR for the first time after emigrating, and two years later, he decided to stay and worked as a correspondent for the Associated Press, NBC, and Daily Express. He is known to be one of the few correspondents who conveyed information to Stalin about the Nazi German preparations to attack the USSR. He was expelled from the USSR in 1948 under the accusation of being a 'spy'. In 1963, he successfully defended his Ph.D. in Russian literature at the University of Michigan Slavic Department. The cover was designed by Jacob Burck (1907–1982), a Polish-born Jewish-American painter, sculptor, and award-winning editorial cartoonist. Engaged in the Communist movement since 1926 as a political cartoonist and muralist, Burck resigned from the Communist Party following a visit to the Soviet Union in 1936. He was deeply offended by the Soviet government's insistence that he modify the content of his work to glorify Stalin. Burck received the 1941 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning.
The same year as this anthology, a Yiddish-language version titled 'Neger-Dikhtung in Amerike' (Negro-Poetry in America) was published in Moscow, remaining to this day the most extensive collection of African-Diasporic poetry in Yiddish translation.

OCLC locates two copies of this edition: in the New York Public Library and the University of Virginia Library.

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