John Henry
[Author Signed Letter - Political]

By: Bradford, Roark

Price: $225.00

Quantity: 1 available


ASL: Tipped to the front endpaper is a typed letter, SIGNED, from Bradford to a Mr. Creel expressing support of FDR and offering a scathing assessment of Herbert Hoover's abilities. Some very interesting and strong statements.


The story based on the Ballad of John Henry, the "steel-drivin' man"; based on the African-American folk hero. It was made into a Broadway play and later a musical featuring Paul Robeson in the title role and Julie Anne as Ruby Elzy.


Roark Bradford (1896 - 1948) was an American short story writer and novelist. At the time of his death, Bradford’s writings were very popular. Since the 1940s, however, much of his body of work has been reevaluated. Many criticize his work as patronizing and demeaning in its portrayal of black characters. [wiki]


Publisher's patterned cloth, foil label on spine. Decorated endpages. Top edge stained blue. Bindings tight and square. Text clean, light even toning. Moderate handling wear. Dust Jacket with price is in a new clear protective Mylar sleeve shows handling with hand-soiling.
First Edition, First Printing. 8vo; 21 cm.; 8.25 inches; 225 pages plus publisher's Adds. Illustrated with Woodcuts by J.J. Lankes including a two-color frontispiece.

REF: Hart, 84; Flora. 44-45

Title: John Henry
[Author Signed Letter - Political]

Author Name: Bradford, Roark

Illustrator: J.J. Lankes

Categories: MODERN LITERATURE - FICTION, Signed First Editions, African American Studies,

Edition: First Edition, First Printing.

Publisher: New York, Literary Guild, (Harpers): 1931

Binding: Hardcover in Dust Jacket.

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: Good

Type: Book

Inscription: Signed by Author on a ASL

Size: 8vo; 21 cm.; 8.25 inches; 225 pages plus publisher

lb: 3.00 lb

Seller ID: 009601

Keywords: Folk Tales,