Dallas: The Kaleidograph Press, .
55 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. WITH POEM LAID IN. Black cloth. Fine in somewhat chipped dust jacket with portrait of author on back. Uncommon. Item #54557
Jonathan Henderson Brooks (1905-1945), Baptist minister and poet, was born in Lexington, Mississippi. He attended high school in Missouri and was a graduate of Tougaloo College, where for three years he was employed as assistant to the President. In the last years of his life, Brooks worked in the Post Office in Corinth, Mississippi.
Langston Hughes praised this posthumous collection of verse: "Jonathan Henderson Brooks wrote the most beautiful poem I know that came out of World War II in the English language-the poem, 'She Said.' Had he lived, I think he would have been one of our major poets."
Laid in is a fair holograph sonnet entitled "Cairo. At the Mason-Dixon line."
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