Fifty Years, a Poem Written by James W. Johnson, a graduate of Atlanta University, and Published in the New York Times, January 1, 1913; with an Estimate of Its Merit and a Sketch of the Author. James Weldon Johnson.

Fifty Years, a Poem Written by James W. Johnson, a graduate of Atlanta University, and Published in the New York Times, January 1, 1913; with an Estimate of Its Merit and a Sketch of the Author

[Atlanta]: Atlanta University Press, n.d. [1913?]. Probable first separate publication after the NYT newspaper appearance. Hardcover. 8p. Softcover in original light blue wrapper. 14 cm. This copy, otherwise in almost new condition, is stamped at top of front cover: For the Use of Guests. University Leaflets, No. 27. An appealing rarity which we've never seen and didn't know existed. Printed inside the front cover: In answer to a letter asking permission to reprint his poem, Mr. Johnson writes: 'I shall be only too glad to have you send out my poem, 'Fifty Years', as an Atlanta University Leaflet, and I hope that it will have the effect of quickening interest in the work of the institution.'" The poem occupies the first 4 1/2 numbered pages. It is followed by a reprint of about 2 pages of "A Negro Poet Speaks for his Race" which appeared in the New York Times on Jan. 2, 1913, the day after they had published JWJ's poem. The final portion (1 1/4 pages) of the numbered pages contains a brief biographical sketch of Johnson, with the unnamed author identified only as an Atlanta University Classmate. Printed inside the back cover is some information about Atlanta University which points out that the University's endowment ($90,000) is inadequate for current needs. "Fifty Years and Other Poems," published in 1917, was Johnson's first regularly published book of poetry. OCLC does not locate any copies of this earlier publication of JWJ's "Fifty Years." Near Fine. Item #90494

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