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PAUL L. ROBESON - SHEET MUSIC SIGNED CIRCA 1938 - HFSID 264478

PAUL ROBESON Sheet Music signed: "Paul Robeson" at upper margin of front cover, 4 pages, 8½x11¾. Circa 1938. Printed in Russian. Actor and singer Paul Robeson (1898-1976) began his ties with the Soviet Union in 1934, when filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein invited him to Russia.

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PAUL ROBESON
Sheet Music signed: "Paul Robeson" at upper margin of front cover, 4 pages, 8½x11¾. Circa 1938. Printed in Russian. Actor and singer Paul Robeson (1898-1976) began his ties with the Soviet Union in 1934, when filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein invited him to Russia. Robeson was impressed with the country's equal treatment of the races and made a number of trips to the U.S.S.R., including opening 1959 with a Kremlin gala hosted by Nikita Khrushchev. His Soviet sympathies led to his being put under surveillance by the FBI in 1941 and put on the 1947 "black list" of suspected Communists, a charge that was later refuted. Robeson, the son of a former slave and an All-America football player at Rutgers (1917, 1918), starred on Broadway in Show Boat in 1926, introducing "Ol Man River", a song written for him by Jerome Kern. Praised as an "eloquent, impressive, and convincing" actor, Robeson had previously been tapped by playwright Eugene O'Neill to star in a revival of his The Emperor Jones (1924). He later premiered in O'Neill's All God's Chillun Got Wings. Robeson's commanding presence and resonant bass voice were equally impressive in his efforts to urge Blacks to embrace their African heritage. Lightly stained at upper margin, touching signature. Diagonal crease at lower right margin, chipped at upper left corner. Lightly soiled. Overall, fine condition.

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