By: Connelly, Marc ; Robert Edmond Jones (illustrator); Richard Berry Harrison (SIGNED)

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Book Condition: Very Good in Very Good dust jacket

Autograph; 141 pages; Clean and tight in publisher's green cloth binding in very good dustjacket with large chip at base of spine. Inscribed and SIGNED on the ffep by Richard B. Harrison who portrayed "De Lawd" in the first performance of the play at the Mansfield Theatre, New York City, February 26, 1930. A Fable suggested by Roark Bradford's Southern Sketches, "Ol' Man Adam an' His Chillun." Includes the lyrics for several wonderful spirituals. Beautiful black and white illustrations by R. E. Jones. Printed by Lakeside Press. The fanciful rendering of an Old Testament fantasy performed by an all black cast. This work was the winner of the 1930 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and adapted into the 1936 movie of the same name, which was considered a milestone in American cinema. Richard Berry Harrison (1864 - 1935) was a renowned actor, teacher, dramatic reader and lecturer. He was featured on the cover of TIME magazine on March 4, 1935. Harrison's parents had escaped slavery through the Underground Railroad, and he was born in London, Ontario, Canada. His mother named him Richard after seeing a performance of Shakespeare's Richard III. Her interest in theatre placed Harrison on the way to becoming an actor. After moving to Detroit, he studied at the Detroit Training School of Dramatic Art, and privately with British drama coach Edward Weitzel, drama editor for the Detroit Free Press. From 1892 to 1896, Harrison traveled the U.S., performing as a dramatic reader. Harrison’s repertoire included works from Shakespeare and poetry from his friend Paul Laurence Dunbar, including promotional tours for Dunbar's book Oak and Ivy. Harrison was quite well known having played the role of "de Lawd" in more than 1,650 performances of The Green Pastures. The show ran for 16 months, then toured, appearing in more than 203 cities and towns.; Signed by Actor


Author Name: Connelly, Marc ; Robert Edmond Jones (illustrator); Richard Berry Harrison (SIGNED)

Categories: Literature, African American Studies, Music and Performing Arts, Illustrated Books, Signed and Association Copies,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New York, Farrar & Rinehart, Inc.: 1930

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good in Very Good dust jacket

Size: 4to 11" - 13" tall

Seller ID: 41548

Keywords: African American Studies Black History Southern Negro Dialect Richard Berry Harrison (autograph) Pulitzer Prize for Drama