Written by
Evans, Mari, American, 1923 - 2017
Published by
William Morrow and Company, Inc., founded 1926
2018.38.1.1: ink on paper (fiber product) with cloth and cardboard;
2018.38.1.2: ink on paper (fiber product)
H x W x D (Closed): 8 9/16 × 5 3/4 × 7/16 in. (21.7 × 14.6 × 1.1 cm)
H x W x D (Open): 8 9/16 × 11 1/4 × 3/16 in. (21.7 × 28.5 × 0.5 cm)
H x W (Jacket): 8 7/16 × 17 1/2 in. (21.5 × 44.4 cm)
L x W (Bookmark): 6 1/2 × 3 15/16 in. (16.5 × 10 cm)
A first edition, hardback copy of I Am a Black Woman by Mari Evans. The book has a black paper dust jacket with yellow and red type and a black-and-white headshot of Evans on the left side of the front jacket. Evans looks at the viewer, unsmiling. The proper left side of her face is covered in shadow. The front of the jacket reads, [I AM A BLACK / WOMAN / Poems by / Mari Evans]. Yellow and red text printed on the spine of the jacket reads, [I AM A BLACK / WOMAN / Poems by / Mari Evans / [William Morrow & Company, Inc. logo] / Morrow]. The back of the jacket is white with black text blurbs from Sam Allen, Tuskegee Institute and Hoyt W. Fuller. At the bottom of the name and address of the publisher, the William Morrow & Company, Inc. Black text is printed on the front and back interior flaps of the jacket with a synopsis and author biography. The hardback book itself is black with gold metallic text on the spine that reads, [Evans I AM A BLACK / WOMAN / [William Morrow & Company, Inc. logo] / Morrow]. The front and back end papers are dark red. The book has twenty-six (26) poems. The interior pages, ninety-five (95) in total, front and back, are off-white paper with black type and several black-and-white photographs.
A blue cardboard review copy notice found inside the hardback copy of I Am a Black Woman by Mari Evans. The black and dark blue text on the notice reads: [THIS IS YOUR REVIEW COPY OF / I AM A BLACK WOMAN / by Mari Evans / Publication date: October 28, 1970 / Please do not publish your review before above date. / WE WOULD APPRECIATE / RECEIVING TWO COPIES OF / YOUR REVIEW / [William Morrow & Company, Inc. logo] / WILLIAM MORROW & COMPANY, INC. / FIELDING PUBLICATIONS / REYNAL AND COMPANY / 105 MADISON AVENUE / NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10016]. The back of the notice is blank.
Place printed
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Books and Published Materials
BAM (Black Arts Movement 1965-1976)
hardcover books
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
© Mari Evans
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