Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Cotton Comes To Harlem

Date: 22 Jul 2004

Jim S.,

Re your comment below:

> It's not. The original English title [of COTTON
> COMES TO HARLEM] was *Back To
> Africa*, and it was
> first published in France with the translated title
> *Retour en Afrique*.
> It was called *Cotton Comes To Harlem* in it's first
> American
> publication, however.
> About 10 years ago I was cataloging a large
> collection of Himes' novels
> for the Special Collections Dept. at the University
> of Maryland. As part
> of my efforts I created Name-Title Authority records
> for almost all of
> Himes' works; these are now part of the Library of
> Congress Authority
> database. Catalogers create these records so that
> works published in
> various manifestations (translations, changes it
> title, etc.) can be
> accessed through a uniform title. I was forced to
> learn a *lot* about
> Himes' publishing history for that project!

Was there an English-language version (in the UK or elsewhere) of COTTON called BACK TO AFRICA that preceded the American edition? Did the American edition precede the film version (in which case the film title would not have affected the novel's English title)?

Thanks for the info.


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