'The Weary Blues' by Langston Hughes cover art

'The Weary Blues' by Langston Hughes cover art

cover art showing silhouette of man with arms raised to play piano and mouth open to sing with face tilted up toward brightly lit street light

This striking cover art, by Miquel Covarrubias, of Langston Hughes’ collection of poems titled “The Weary Blues” (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1931) is in the University Libraries’ Charles L. Blockson Collection of African-Americana and the African Diaspora.This copy is unique because it was owned and annotated by James W. Ivy, the third editor of “The Crisis,” the official publication of the NAACP. Kevin Young, director at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, wrote a short piece on the importance of “The Weary Blues.” 

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