Melvin B. Tolson
[ 1898-1966 ]

Rare 1965 Audio Recording
Melvin B. Tolson
Reading & Discussing His Work

October 18, 1965 at 8:30pm

Coolidge Auditorium
Library of Congress, Washington D.C.

Part One

Part Two

Mr. Tolson reads from his collected volumes of verse: Rendezvous with America, Libretto for the Republic of Liberia, and Harlem gallery: Book I, The curator.

Introduced by Lawrence Quincy Mumford (1903 – 1982), the eleventh Librarian of the United States Congress from 1954 to 1974.


From Rendezvous with America: The poet ; Sometimes ; The gallows ; Old houses ; An ex-judge at the bar ; Legend of Versailles ; A primer for today ; The dictionary of the wolf ; The battle of the rattlesnake ; Dark symphony -

From Libretto for the Republic of Liberia: In the interlude of peace ; African proverbs --

From Harlem gallery: Book I, The curator: John Henry ; The artist ; Satchmo ; The sea turtle and the shark.

for the Gertrude Clarke Whittall Poetry and Literature Fund
Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature (Library of Congress)

For essays, poems, images about and by Melvin B. Tolson, plus copies of original manuscripts and other items from the Melvin B. Tolson Archives see FlashPoint Issue #14, which was devoted to works by & about Melvin B. Tolson.