They Seek a City
Garden City, Doubleday, Doran, 1945. Inscribed by the authors to poet and all-around rogue Max [Bodenheim], "the King of Greenwich Village." A June 13, 1945 inscription from Bontemps reads, "To Max - the kind of friend that sustains the weary traveler seeking a city - with warm regards and deep appreciation - Arna." To which Conroy has added, "& Jack/ who makes Max's pleasant joint his headquarters." A wonderful triple association, between one of the key figures of the Harlem Renaissance (Bontemps), one of the most highly regarded of the "proletarian writers" of the 1930s (Conroy), and the "king" of the Greenwich Village bohemians, and linking the three social movements they represented. A history of African-American migration in the United States; an updated edition was published in 1966 as Anyplace But Here. The inscription is on the front flyleaf; there is a small foredge tear on the half title. Minor edge wear to boards; a near fine copy, in a supplied, very good dust jacket with several small edge chips and one at mid-spine. [#032853] $850

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