Langston Hughes Two Books THE BIG SEA and THE DREAM KEEPER Signed and Inscribed to McCarthy Era Civil Rights Lawyer Leo Sheiner and His Daughter

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Dedicated by African American writer Langston Hughes to pioneer civil rights attorney, Leo Sheiner, and his wife, Ada, The Big Sea inscription is a bittersweet memorial to the early civil rights work of attorney Leo Sheiner and the ultimate price he paid personally and professionally for defending his constitutional rights and the rights of others. Sheiner’s fight for Freedom during the era of Senator Eastland and the Senate Internal Security Committee was defined by his own struggle and in his own words as “… a fight between cruelty, indecency and sadism on the one hand and freedom and decency on the other. I know. I lived through just such a struggle. It happened, of all places, on the Gold Coast of Florida, in Miami and Miami Beach.” In a typescript, “They Would Have You Believe,” dated October 26, 1954, Leo Sheiner detailed the tactics and unconstitutional practices of local elected officials directed at him for refusing to aid them in their effort to find, pursue and prosecute Americans for being communists and thereby engaging in what Senator McCarthy called “Un-American Activities.” The Dream Keeper and Other Poems was dedicated to Leo and Ada Sheiner’s daughter in 1947, when she was only six years old.

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Langston Hughes, The Big Sea, an Autobiography by Langston Hughes. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1945. Third printing, February 1945. 8 5/8 in. 335 pages. Set in Linotype Baskerville, the type used in this book is a facsimile cutting made from type originally designed by John Baskerville 1706 – 1775. The text was composed, printed and bound by H. Wolff. The war-time yellow paper was made by the S. D. Warren Company in Boston, in compliance with the restrictions imposed on book publishers during the Second World War. Accordingly, Knopf used the best paper available, which was lighter and yellow in color. It proved to be a good choice, as it is still in very good condition. Signed and Inscribed: “For Leo and Ada Sheiner – Sincerely, Langston Hughes, Miami, May 30, 1947” in black and blue ink. Bound in gray cloth with blue lettering on the spine, with red ornamentation above and below, with a red ornament on the front cover. The Borzoi stamp is on the back cover in the lower right-hand corner. No dust jacket. Wear at the head and foot of the cloth spine. Slight soiling.

This copy is dedicated by African American writer Langston Hughes to pioneer civil rights attorney, Leo Sheiner, and his wife, Ada, this book’s inscription is a bittersweet memorial to the early civil rights work of attorney Leo Sheiner and the ultimate price he paid personally and professionally for defending his constitutional rights and the rights of others. Sheiner’s fight for Freedom during the era of Senator Eastland and the Senate Internal Security Committee was defined by his own struggle and in his own words as “… a fight between cruelty, indecency and sadism on the one hand and freedom and decency on the other. I know. I lived through just such a struggle. It happened, of all places, on the Gold Coast of Florida, in Miami and Miami Beach.” In a typescript, “They Would Have You Believe,” dated October 26, 1954, Leo Sheiner detailed the tactics and unconstitutional practices of local elected officials directed at him for refusing to aid them in their effort to find, pursue and prosecute Americans for being communists and thereby engaging in what Senator McCarthy called “Un-American Activities.” Sheiner’s work with the Southern Conference for Human Welfare resulted in his disbarment in Florida, which is now a case study of judicial maladministration. (Sheiner v. State, 82 So. 2d 657 | Casetext Search + Citator) For more on the Southern Conference for Human Welfare: Southern Conference for Human Welfare – Wikipedia

Langston Hughes, The Dream Keeper and Other Poems. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1946. Seventh printing, May 1946. 8 inches, 77 pages. Introduction by Effie L. Power. Signed and inscribed, “For Joyce – Sincerely, Langston Hughes Miami, May 30, 1947,” in black ink.  Bound in sky-blue cloth with red stamped title and author on the front cover. No dust jacket. Top page edges rouged; the corners slightly worn. The Borzoi stamp is on the back cover in the lower right-hand corner. Slight wear to the head and foot of the spine. The illustrations by Helen Sewell 1896 – 1957 throughout the text are especially poignant, as they illuminate Langston Hughes’ imagery.

This dedication to Joyce Sheiner, Leo and Ada Sheiner’s daughter, was made in 1947, when she was only six years old. This book of poetry takes its title from the first poem:

The Dream Keeper

Bring me all of your dreams,

You dreamers,

Bring me all of your

Heart melodies

That I may wrap them

In a blue cloud-cloth

Away from the too-rough fingers

Of the world. 

For more on Senator Eastland and the Senate Internal Security Committee: United States Senate Subcommittee on Internal Security – Wikipedia

For more on the House Un-American Activities Committee: House Un-American Activities Committee – Wikipedia

 

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Author

Langston Hughes

Title

The Big Sea, an Autobiography by Langston Hughes; The Dream Keeper and Other Poems