The Weary Blues

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Published by
Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., American, founded 1915
Written by
Hughes, Langston, American, 1902 - 1967
Van Vechten, Carl, American, 1880 - 1964
Illustrated by
Covarrubias, Miguel, Mexican, 1904 - 1957
Owned by
Greenstein, Barry, American
ink on paper (fiber product) with book cloth (textile material) on cardboard , plastic (cover)
H x W x D (Closed): 7 1/2 × 5 3/8 × 7/8 in. (19.1 × 13.7 × 2.2 cm)
H x W x D (Open): 7 1/2 × 10 13/16 × 11/16 in. (19.1 × 27.5 × 1.7 cm)
Place depicted
Harlem, New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
1926; published 1945
The Weary Blues hardcover book written by Langston Hughes. The front cover features a drawing of a man sitting with his head raised upward. His body faces a piano and his arms are raised above the keys. The background of the book is orange and yellow, the man and piano are in in black. Black type at the top reads: [THE WEARY BLUES]. Yellow type at the bottom reads: [By / Langston Hughes]. The interior has 109 pages of black type on off-white paper. The back cover has a stylistic image of piano keys and two boxes.
African American
Blues (Music)
Jazz (Music)
Urban life
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Barry Greenstein
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Restrictions & Rights
© Alfred A. Knopf, Inc divison of Random House. Permission required for use.
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