Ollie Harrington - Bootsie and others - 1958

Ollie Harrington - Bootsie and others - 1958
Illustrated - Quantity: 1 - Dust jacket, Limited edition - Book

Oliver Wendell “Ollie” Harrington ( 14 February 1912 - 2 November 1995) was an American cartoonist and an outspoken advocate against racism and for civil rights in the United States. Of multi-ethnic descent, Langston Hughes called him "America's greatest African-American cartoonist". Harrington requested political asylum in East Germany in 1961; he lived in Berlin for the last three decades of his life.

Cartooning career

Immersing himself in the Harlem Renaissance, Harrington found employment when Ted Poston, city editor for the Amsterdam News became aware of Harrington's already considerable skills as a cartoonist and a political satirist. In 1935, Harrington created Dark Laughter, a regular single panel cartoon, for that publication. The strip was later retitled Bootsie, after its most famous character, an ordinary African American dealing with racism in the U.S. Harrington described him as “a jolly, rather well-fed but soulful character.” During this period, Harrington enrolled in Fine Arts at Yale University to complete his degree, but could not finish because of the United States entry into World War II.

1. O. Harrington - Bootsie and others - A Selectin of Cartoons by Ollie Harrington - Dodd, Mead & Company, New York 1958 - 1st edition - Unpaginated - 26 × 19 cm - Hardcover with dust jacket - Condition: Good, dust jacket has signs of use (see pictures).

Lot details
Number of Books
Author/ Illustrator
Ollie Harrington
Book Title
Bootsie and others
Publication year oldest item
1st Edition
Original language
Dust jacket, Limited edition
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