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"NO EARLY INDEPENDENT BLACK FILMMAKER WAS MORE IMPORTANT"

MICHEAUX, Oscar. Homesteader. Sioux City, Iowa, 1917.

First edition of Micheaux's groundbreaking novel that triggered his start as writer, director and producer in a career that defied the odds and crafted "almost single-handedly… a prototype for African American independent cinema," with seven full-page illustrations including frontispiece, in original cloth. $1250.

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"REMOVES THE MASK FROM HISTORY"

MICHEAUX, Oscar. Masquerade. New York, 1947.

First edition of Micheaux's last novel that draws on Charles Chesnutt's House Behind the Cedars (1900) and "calls into question the mechanisms of history itself" with inclusions of "extended passages from the Lincoln-Douglas debates, Lincoln's first inaugural address [and] the story of John Brown," very scarce in the elusive colorful dust jacket. $1000.

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