Twelve Million Black Voices: A Folk History Of The Negro In The United States Of America, 1947.
London, Lindsay Drummond Ltd., 1947. 1st UK Edition 8vo, 245 x 170mm. 152pp illustrated with numerous b/w photographs by Dorothy Lange, Walker Evans, Ben Shahn etc. Hardcover in original red cloth bindings in very good condition. No dust jacket. A little spotting to last 2 pages otherwise no faults or markings. First published in 1941, is an impassioned essay on the African-American experience: the highs and lows, the triumph and the tragedy, from slavery to Emancipation and sharecropping, to the great Northern migration and life in the urban ghetto. One wouldn't think it possible to distill over two hundred years of African-American life into roughly seventy pages of text, and in such a beautifully poetic manner, but Wright succeeds brilliantly. Wright's prose is accompanied by classic Depression-era photos from the Farm Security Administration, flawlessly selected by Edwin Rosskam and including the works of the usual FSA heavyweights--Jack Delano, Arthur Rothstein, Walker Evans, et al. The photos are seamlessly integrated into the text, echoing and amplifying Wright's various phrases. Bookseller Inventory # 000372 Postage to be agreed.