238 : Building your Library # 8

Ira Aldridge was an African American actor who settled in England in the 1820s and died, touring, in Poland in 1867. Herbert Marshall and Mildred Stock had their Ira Aldridge: The Negro Tragedian published in in 1958 – by Rockliff in London and Macmillan in New York. In 1968 Southern Illinois University Press issued it in paperback and hardback. The 350 page book was reissued as a classic by Howard University Press in 1993. A hardback Illinois book from 1968 is available at £15; the Howard in soft covers is available for £18. The 1958 editions are priced at £35-£45.

Herbert Marshall wrote the story which Paul Robeson filmed as Proud Valley in 1940.

The decades of research into Aldridge by Texas-based professor Bernth Lindfors led to a four volume biography, and hardback copies are priced at £27 to £29 each. Well presented, the University of Rochester (NY)/Boydell and Brewer (Suffolk) volumes were published in 2011, 2013 and 2015.

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