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I, Too, Sing America: Three Centuries of African American Poetry

Clinton, Catherine; Alcorn, Stephen

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ISBN 10: 0395895995 / ISBN 13: 9780395895993
Published by Houghton Mifflin Co International Inc., Abingdon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom, 1999
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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First printing. Oversized quarto. Black cloth spine over brown boards, gilt titles and decoration, decorative two-color endsheets. Includes poets from 1730 through the present. Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, W. E. B. Dubois, Gwendolyn Brooks, and many others are represented. With beautiful full-page color illustrations by Stephen Alcorn. Unread and near fine in like DJ with tiny tissue-repaired tear to head of spine. 128 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 6365

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Title: I, Too, Sing America: Three Centuries of ...

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Co International Inc., Abingdon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Stephen Alcorn

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: First Edition.

Book Type: Book

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From the first known African American poet, Lucy Terry, to recent poet laureate Rita Dove, I, TOO, SING AMERICA captures the enormous talent and passion of black writers. This powerful and diverse, this unique collection spans three centuries of poetry in America as poets bare their souls, speak their minds, trace their roots, and proclaim their dreams in the thirty-six poems compiled here. The voices of Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, W. E. B. Dubois, and Gwendolyn Brooks, among others, create an energetic blend of tone and tempo, ardor and awe. From lamentations to celebrations, these poems reveal the ironies of black America, juxtaposing themes of resistance and reconciliation, hope and despair. Each poem is further illuminated with notes, a brief biography of the poet, and stunning visual interpretations. Clinton and Alcorn have created a stirring tribute to these great poets, as well as a remarkable volume that will move any reader.

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Stephen Alcorn is an acclaimed painter and printmaker who has created artwork for a number of anthologies and picture books, including Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters by Andrea Davis Pinkney, and I, Too, Sing America: Three Centuries of African American Poetry by Catherine Clinton. He lives in Cambridge, New York. Visit Stephen Alcorn at

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