The Negro in Hollywood

New York: Masses and Mainstream, 1950. First Edition. INSCRIBED by V.J. Jerome on the inside front wrapper: "For Betty, dearest of comrades, / with appreciation for many helpful suggestions in the preparation of this essay. / Cordially, / V.J. Jerome."

Victor James Jerome was born in Poland, and emigrated to the United States in 1915, at the age of 18. He joined the Communist Party in 1924, rising through the party hierarchy to become the chairman of the Cultural Commission, and working as the editor of "The Communist," a monthly Marxist publication. Along with 16 other Communist leaders Jerome would be indicted during a highly publicized nine-month trial at Foley Square Courthouse in 1951, serving three years in prison as a result. He wrote prolifically throughout his life, most notably a series of political and cultural essays throughout the 1940s and 1950s, and two autobiographical novels, "A Lantern for Jeremy" in 1952 and "The Paper Bridge" in 1966.

Very Good in side-stapled wrappers. Wrappers separated from the binding.

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