“LANGSTON HUGHES, TO HAROLD—WITH THANKS FOR HIS MUSIC FOR THIS POEM”
(SHAPERO, Harold) HUGHES, Langston. Shakespeare in Harlem. WITH: Freedom's Plow. WITH: Typed Poems. WITH: Manuscript leaf of sheet music. Yaddo, 1943. Six items.
Rare collection of inscribed works by Hughes revealing an important if little known 1943 collaboration with noted composer Harold Shapero, featuring a first edition of Shakespeare in Harlem, inscribed by Hughes in his first month at Yaddo, where he was the first black writer to break the segregation ban, along with a first edition of Freedom's Plow, inscribed by him. "To Harold Shapero, Sincerely Langston Hughes, Yaddo, August 17, 1943," together with a typed carbon leaf of his poem, Madam and the Number Runner, inscribed, "Langston Hughes, To Harold—With thanks for his music for this poem," and an inscribed manuscript leaf of sheet music with an original score attributed to Shapero for Hughes' poem, Bonds for All, and more, from the estate of Harold Shapero. $10,500.