The Black Christ and Other Poems

Book owned by the Dennis family

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  • Image for The Black Christ and Other Poems
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3 images
Published by
Harper & Brothers, American, 1817 - 1962
Written by
Cullen, Countee, American, 1903 - 1946
Subject of
Dennis Farm Charitable Land Trust, American, founded 2001
Medium
ink on paper, cardboard, book cloth (textile material), and tape
Dimensions
H x W (closed): 8 × 5 3/8 × 3/4 in. (20.3 × 13.7 × 1.9 cm)
H x W (open): 8 × 11 1/4 × 3/4 in. (20.3 × 28.6 × 1.9 cm)
Type
hardcover books
Date
1929
Description
Powder blue and black hardback book with a decorative dust jacket which lists the text's title, author, and publisher. The front cover consists of a series of two black and white images which face and oppose each other in a pattern. The first image, where the main figure is mostly drawn in white, is of a Christ figure with his arms stretched on a cross foregrounded in front of lightning. The second image is of a black figure hanging from a tree by his neck, foregrounded in front of falling raindrops. On the front cover, centered at the top, is a box of text outlined in red and filled with red lettering. The text reads [THE BLACK CHRIST/& Other Poems by/COUNTEE CULLEN/HARPER & BROTHERS ESTABLISHED 1817]. The back cover is not patterned, but features a printed list of Harper & Brothers publications; the first line of text reads [New HARPER Poetry].
Topic
African American
Communication
Families
Poetry
United States--History--1919-1933
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of M. Denise Dennis, in honor of the Dennis Family
Object number
2014.273.18
Restrictions & Rights
© 1929, 1957 Harpers & Brothers. Permission required for use.
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification
Documents and Published Materials-Published Works
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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