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“I think seeing first editions especially, and seeing them in the way that they would have come out is really powerful because then you kind of get to experience it in the way similar to someone would during that time.” — Lyuba Basin, Curator, Rare Books

Marriott Library’s Special Collections Showcases Works by Black Poets

See these and other first editions by African American poets in the Rare Books collection:

PS866-W5-1773-frontis 2
Poems on Various Subjects Religious and Moral
Phillis Wheatley (1753-1784?)
London: Printed for A. Bell…& sold by Mssrs. Cox & Berry, Boston, 1773
First edition
PS866 W5 1773

Caroling Dusk: An Anthology of Verse by Negro Poets
Countee Cullen (1903-1946), editor
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1927
First edition
PS591 N4 C37 1927

West Indies, ltd.: poemas
Nicolás Guillén (1902-1989)
La Habana: Imp.Ucar, Garcia y cia., 1934
First edition
PQ7389 G84 W4 1934

On the Pulse of Morning
Maya Angelou (1928-2014)
New York: Random House, 1993
First edition
PS3551 N464 O53 1993

Five Poems
Toni Morrison (b. 1931)
Las Vegas: Rainmaker Editions, 2002
PS3563 O8749 F58 2002