BEASLEY, Phoebe. Sunrise is Coming After While. Poems by Langston Hughes, selected by Maya Angelou. Illustrated with silkscreens of six collages by Beasley. Folio, in publisher's purple silk. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1998.
A collection of 8 poems by Langston Hughes selected by Angelou, who also wrote the introduction and afterword. Hughes is best known as the foremost figure in the Harlem Renaissance. In addition to being a poet he was a social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist. He "succeeded in his lifetime aim: to create a body of work that would epitomize the beauty and variety of African-American experiences, as well as the diversity of emotions, thoughts, and dreams that he saw common to all human beings."
Beasley's collages were chosen by Angelou to perfectly compliment Hughes's poems. According to Angelou, "She sees human beings, our foibles, frailties and strengths, and she cares about what she sees." Beasley's work is influenced by two of the forerunners of African-American art, Romare Bearden and Jacob Lawrence, and her artwork was twice awarded the Presidential Seal.
One of an edition of 300 copies, signed by Beasley and Angelou.
Item nr. 148907