New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1902. Illustrated with silhouette pictures by J. K. Bryans. First Edition. 12 mo. 7-3/8" x 4-7/8". Red blind stamped cloth covered boards. Spine stamped in gold. 264 pp. Front cover a little faded. Spine and back cover show a little soil. Top edge of text block is slightly dust darkened and has light soil. A few finger smudges scattered throughout text block. But, overall a nice, tight, clean, very good book. Item #902
James D. Corrothers (1869-1917), born in South Haven Michigan, was an African-American poet who worked as a journalist in Chicago and lived in the midwest most of his life. Noting the success of Paul Laurence Dunbar he decided to publish his own stories and poems in dialect. He collected his most important poems and articles and published them in The Black Cat Club, an anthology. Corrothers entered the ministry. In later life Corrothers became a minister.