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Autograph poem by Countee Cullen  

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"Advice to a Proud Lady (Sydonia's Poem)" - Autograph poem, inscribed and signed by Countee Cullen

Cullen, Countee



Feb 25, 1927


In ink, 14 lines plus title and presentation inscription. On sheet 26.3x18.5 cm. (10½x7¼").

Verse beginning "Of all things, lady, be not proud;/ Enter not beauty in that shroud/ Wherein the living waste, the dead..." Inscribed in lower margin, "For Sydonia [Byrd] -  Indianapolis, Feb. 25/'27. Sincerely, Countee." Byrd was a romantic interest of Countee Cullen before he married Yolanda Du Bois, the daughter of W. E. B. Du Bois. The poem appeared in slightly altered form in Cullen's second volume of poetry, "Copper Sun," published in 1927, with the title "Advice to a Beauty," dedicated to Sydonia.

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Slight edge wear, faint darkening along right edge; very good.

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