Flashes from the Dark (1941)
Book ID: 64032
Flashes from the Dark. With Sketch of the Author by Louis Le Brocquy. Pp, 45. Dublin: Three Candles Press, 1941. Black cloth with illustration and line rules stamped in gold. A very good copy.
Limited Edition, one of 162 copies (this copy not signed).
First edition of the author’s only volume of poetry. Illustrated with frontispiece, reproducing a portrait sketch of Ferdinand Levy by Louis Le Brocquy). The following biography appears on the trade issue:
‘Mr. Ferdinand Levy is a medical student in Trinity College, Dublin. He was born in Jamaica, British West Indies, and is of African descent. He spent a number of years in New York and in Washington, in pursuit of his academic studies. As may be gleaned from a number of his poems in this volume, he knows Harlem intimately. Mr. Levy first became interested in literature around 1928/9 — a period commonly referred to as the Negro Renaissance. During this period he was closely connected with the Gumby Book Studio Group, a young clique of enthusiasts who were determined to play their part in helping to break the traditional inferior status of the Negro in American poetry.’