BALDWIN, James (1924-1987). "The Uses of the Blues." Original typescript for the article that appeared in Playboy, January 1964. Together 14 pages, 4to, with editorial corrections throughout, stapled.
TYPED MANUSCRIPT WITH BALDWIN'S NUMEROUS CORRECTIONS IN BLUE INK AND HOLOGRAPH NOTES ON SOME VERSOS AND BLANK MARGINS.
"But Ray Charles, who is a great tragic artist, makes of a genuinely religious confession, something triumphant and liberating. He tells us that he cried 'so loud he gave the blues to his neighbor next door.'"
"I walked & I walked
Till I wore out my shoes.
I can't walk so far
But yonder come the blues."
[With:] Original galley proof sheets for "The Uses of the Blues", WITH THE FIRST PAGE SIGNED BY BALDWIN. -- "The Man Child." Photocopy of the uncorrected proof of the story that appeared in Playboy, January 1966. Together 26 pages, 4to, with a few editorial markings, stapled. -- 6-page original typed transcript of a speech about Malcolm X and race, which was given at Oxford by Baldwin, with the edited version of the speech from Oxford's magazine, ISIS, and a note from Victor Lownes to A.C. Spectorksy relating to the speech. -- Five black-and-white photographs of James Baldwin for issues of Playboy, 1962-1985. -- Related internal memos regarding Baldwin's manuscripts.
"Baldwin began as a novelist (Go Tell it on the Mountain, 1953), but became perhaps more famous for his eloquent essays, collected in Notes of a Native Son (1955), Nobody Knows My Name (1961), and The Fire Next Time (1963). He wrote for Playboy fairly often, with his last essay appearing shortly before his death."-- Alice K. Turner, ed. Playboy Stories (New York, 1994), p. 157.