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.
Index to Building Your Library
# 1 Neil Parsons, King Khama, Emperor Joe and the Great White Queen. Tswana 1895
# 2 Nancy Cunard
# 3 Leslie ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson
# 4 Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
# 5 Brew family of Ghana and London
# 6 Booker T Washington; Chief Alfred Sam
# 7 Wellesley Cole, Kossoh Town Boy and An Innocent in Britain
# 8 Ira Aldridge
# 9 Paul Robeson, Negro, 1927
# 10 The Black Abolitionist Papers, Vol 1
# 11 Jomo Kenyatta
# 12 Langston Hughes The Big Sea (1940) and Rampersad’s biography 1986, 1988
# 13 Percy Chen, China Called Me
# 14 Stimela Jingoes (Lesotho) recalled France in 1917; Herbert Julian Black Eagle memoir of a Trinidad aeroplane fanatic trained in 1910s England
# 15 Thomas L. Johnson, Twenty-eight Years a Slave (Bournemouth 1909)
# 16 Donald Hinds, Journey to an Illusion (1966).