Dunbar Broadside Containing My Little Dreams. Illustrated by Rockwell Kent. Georgia Douglas Johnson.

Dunbar Broadside Containing My Little Dreams. Illustrated by Rockwell Kent.

Baltimore, Maryland: Enoch Pratt Free Library Poetry Broadside, 1935. Broadside, sea-green/blue paper, size: 22 x 16-3/4 inches, designed by Norman T. A. Munder, using Munder Types. Printed in blue ink with triple rules at either side in grey and blue, image by Rockwell Kent of woman dancing in front of the rising sun, tiniest bit of sunning at extremities else fine. There are two other poems -- Dawn and Life -- on the broadside, both by Paul Lawrence Dunbar (1872-1905). This broadside was printed as part of a series of poetry broadsides distributed to the Baltimore City Public Schools, created by Munder and the Enoch Pratt Free Library and funded by the Humphrey Moore Fund. "My Little Dreams" had appeared in only two previous texts: Johnson's own THE HEART OF A WOMAN (1918) and James Weldon Johnson's THE BOOK OF NEGRO AMERICAN POETRY (1922).
Georgia Blanche Douglas Camp Johnson (1877-1966) was an African American poet and playwright, and considered part of the Harlem Renaissance. She became the first widely recognized African American female poet since Frances Harper, and like Harper was at the forefront of political and social events of her time. She and her husband opened their home to other writers; their "Saturday Nighter's Club" was attended by writers such as Jean Toomer, Langston Hughes, Angelina Grimke and Alice Dunbar-Nelson. T. A. Munder was a well-known type designer who was awarded the gold medal for excellence in 1920 by the AIGA. Rockwell Kent (1882-1971) noted American artist worked in oils, watercolors, studying with Robert Henri and was closely associated with his Monhegan Island (Maine) group. He worked in graphic arts and design and was well known for his wood engraving and lithography. He designed bookplates as well as illustrating books. Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the US, pp. 447, 29-30, 640-642. Item #9502

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