A New Song
New York: International Worker's Order, Inc., 1938. Octavo. Outer-edges of the brittle paper wraps rubbed and lightly soiled. 31 pages. Only 10,000 copies printed, inscribed by Hughes. Very good.
The high spot of his activist years, when Hughes was represented by Maxim Lieber, the notorious literary agent accused of espionage who fled the United States for Mexico. A witness to the entanglements of racial and class injustice, Hughes was sympathetic to the communist cause. He spent time in the Soviet Union working on a (never realized) propaganda film concerning "Negro Life." However, Hughes never joined the party and in his later years distanced himself from his more overtly topical verse. A New Song is a rallying cry issued by one of America's great poets. It calls for another world, a better world, and for the reader of these pages, that call still echoes. An important historical relic. Scarce, even more so signed.
"The past is done!
A new dream flames"