New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1962. First Edition, First Printing. Octavo, 224 pages; VG/VG-; spine black with black titling; dust jacket protected with a mylar covering, price uncut '$4.50', some mild chipping and wear, including inch long closed tear to upper front hinge, some chipping to edges; small blue pen line to front cover;
Inscribed on the ffep by Langston Hughes "Especially for Mrs. Lisle Carter - with the sincere regards of - Langston Hughes New York Sept 30, 1962"; with business card of Eunice Carter loose within;
scarce signed; shelved case 1.
Shelved Dupont Bookstore
Eunice Carter was one of New York's first female African-American lawyers, and one of the first prosecutors of color in the United States. She was active in the Pan-African Congress and in United Nations committees to advance the status of women in the world. She led a massive prostitution racketeering investigation, building the case and strategy that allowed New York District Attorney Thomas Dewey to successfully charge Mafioso kingpin Charles "Lucky" Luciano with compulsory prostitution. [wikipedia] Before studying law she spent a brief time as a social worker and wrote short stories, some of which appeared in journals alongside works by Langston Hughes and other writers of the Harlem Renaissance. Hunton married Lisle Carter Sr., who was one of the first African-American dentists in New York. Her mother, Addie Hunton, worked as vice president and field secretary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).