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The Poet and Other Poems by Raymond Dandridge 1920
African American Poet - Raymond Garfield Dandridge
This is the second of 3 self-published poetry books
An Amazing Find In Near Mint Condition
Cincinnati: Privately published, 1920. Unstated First edition. Fine in paper
covered boards with decoration and printing on the front cover. Forward by Winston V. Morrow. 64 pages. The second of three books by the Cincinnati-area African-American poet whose work was included in the influential anthology, The Book of American Negro Poetry, edited by James Weldon Johnson. Mr. Dandridge's poetry is written mainly in dialect.
Raymond Garfield Dandridge was partially-paralyzed African American poet and spent 12 years of
his life in bed writing poems. He was hailed by his admirers as the new Paul Laurence Dunbar, he published three volumes of poetry during his short lifetime. This is the second book of poetry of the 3.
It is free of stains, tear or marks, tight binding, sharp corners. In the center of the book you can see through to a very narrow piece of the binding linen. There is no wobble of the boards. This book of free of writing. A very nice copy of this hard to find book.
Raymond G. Dandridge
Born in Cincinnati in 1883 (though some sources say 1882), Raymond Garfield Dandridge attended public schools, including Hughes Night High School where he was active in sports. After graduation, he became a house painter and decorator. In 1911, at the age of 29, he was stricken with polio that left his legs and right arm paralyzed. Confined to his bed, Dandridge began soliciting
orders for a coal company via the telephone.
As an outlet for his artistic talents, Dandridge tried composing poetry. Soon, some of his poems were printed in newspapers and magazines. With help from his friends, his works were compiled into three volumes: Penciled Poems in 1917, The Poet and Other Poems in 1920, and Zalka Peetruza and Other Poems in 1928. Dandridge's poems also appeared in anthologies of African American poetry, such as
The Book of American Negro Poetry.