Popo and Fifina; Children of Haiti by Arna Bomtemps and Langston Hughes. Macmillan, NY 1941. Illustrated with Black & White drawings by E. Simms Campbell. Orange cloth, black lettering to the cover. 100 pages. Not Ex-Library, Not Facsimile, Not Print on Demand.
INSCRIBED BY ARNA BONTEMPS - "With best wishes/of/Arna Bontemps/Fisk(?)/4 January '44"
THe book has wear to the extremities, in some places to the cardboard. The cover is discolored and soiled. Inside,the endpapers are age toned both front and back. There is an old bookseller's pencil price on the first blank page. Other than already mentioned, there are no previous owner markings of any kind. The pages themselves are flat with no folds or dog-earing. There are some spots of staining on some of the pages (pp34-36) and there is a small stain on the leading edges of the pages. Binding is tight and firm with no signs of looseness.
Arnaud "Arna" Wendell Bontemps ( 1902 – 1973) was an African-American poet, novelist and librarian, and a noted member of the Harlem Renaissance.(Wiki)
James Mercer Langston Hughes (1902 – 1967) was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist. He was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form called jazz poetry. Hughes is best known as a leader of the Harlem Renaissance. He famously wrote about the period that "the negro was in vogue", which was later paraphrased as "when Harlem was in vogue". (wiki)
Elmer Simms Campbell (1906 – 1971) was an American cartoonist who signed his work E. Simms Campbell. He was the first African-American cartoonist published in nationally distributed slick magazines, and he was the creator of Esky, the familiar pop-eyed mascot of Esquire. (Wiki) AH21c