Tambourines to Glory

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Author: Hughes, James Mercer Langston (1902-1967) inscribed

Year: 1958

Publisher: John Day Company

Place: New York


188 pages Octavo (8 1/4" x 5 1/2") bound in original black cloth with pink inverse lettering to spine. Inscribed by the author. First edition.

Langston Hughes said of this novel, "Tambourines to Glory is an urban folk tale set against a background of colorful independent, unorthodox churches which have sprung up all over Harlem in the last decade. It is in no sense an attack on organized religion, or on cults as such, but is a fictional expose of certain ways in which religion is misused in large city communities today by various types of unscrupulous leaders who might be called 'gospel racketeers,' preying upon the gullibility of simple people."


Points rubbed, corners bumped, inscribed by Hughes on front end paper, book plate to front paste down, back end paper verso previous owner's name. Original jacket restored by Octavaye Studios, else a very good copy in like jacket.

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