The Dream Keeper and other Poems
Publisher: Alfred A Knopf
Place: New York
[viii]+77 pages with frontispiece and illustrations. Octavo (8 1/4" x 5 3/4") issued in blue cloth with white lettering to spine and cover. Introduction by Effie L Power, illustrations by Helen Sewell. inscribed by Hughes. 4th printing.
In this volume the poet has made for young people a selection from the verse included in "The Weary Blues" and "Fine Clothes to the Jew," and has added some new poems. In a foreword Effie Power, director of work with children in the Cleveland Public Library, states that many of the poems have already become favorites of the older boys and girls who use the library. It is not hard to understand the appeal of Langston Hughes to young people sensitive to poetry. Boys and girls will respond to the personal mood of such lovely lyrics as "The Dream Keeper," "Quiet Girl" and "I Love My Friend," and will feel the lilt and cadence of the poems in the group called "Sea Charm," and of the poems written in the manner of the Negro folk-songs known as the "Blues." The group of poems called "Walkers With the Dawn" gives to the reader an imaginative understanding of the poet's feeling toward his own people. Helen Sewell's illustrations have beauty and an unaffected simplicity that suggest ! the poetic realism of the poems. A book that will be a welcome addition to the shelves of personal libraries of descriminatng collectors.
Corners bumped, light rubbing to points and spine ends, inscribed and dated on front end paper. A very good copy lacking jacket.
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