The Black Christ. Countee CULLEN.
The Black Christ

The Black Christ

London & New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1929. 8vo. [10], 95, [1] pages. Original black quarter cloth, decorated boards, gilt-lettered on spine, edges untrimmed. Light toning and soiling to jacket, a few spots of light wear at extremities. Item #406702

FIRST EDITION. Presentation copy, inscribed on the front flyleaf in the year of publication: "To John Trounstine, With the good wishes of his friend, / Countee Cullen / Paris, Oct. 15, 1929." And with three small manuscript corrections in the same pen on pages 47, 65, and 77.

Trounstine, a friend from Cullen's days at Harvard, was a New York literary agent who at various points represented Arna Bontemps, Erskine Caldwell, Langston Hughes, Dorothy West, and Richard Wright. Soon after his marriage to Yolande Du Bois (daughter of W.E.B. Du Bois and the former Nina Gomer) in 1928, Cullen traveled to Paris with his guardian/father, Frederick Cullen, and best man, Harold Jackman. Soon after, Cullen wrote to his wife confessing his love for men. They divorced in Paris in 1930.

Price: $1,800.00

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