New York: New Masses, Inc., 1926. Folio-size wrappers (10 ½” x 13 ½”) featuring cover art by Hugo Gellert, 30 pp, illus. Spine mostly perished, although wrappers still secure; appears to have been previously bound with other issues (?); front wrapper has been trimmed along the fore and bottom edges, although not any of the internal pages; lacking pgs. 31 & 32 (advert pages). For all its defects, a serviceable copy of a scarce issue.
The inaugural issue of what would become the most important cultural Marxist magazine of the interwar period. A continuation of “The Masses” and “The Liberator,” it featured many of the same editors, artists and writers from those publications. Notable contributors for this issue include Babette Deutsch ("A Dialogue in Limbo"), Robert Dunn ("John Sherman's Progress"), Claude McKay ("Song of New York"), Robinson Jeffers ("Apology for Bad Dreams"), William Carlos Williams ("The Five Dollar Guy - A Story"), Michael Gold ("Around the May-Pole"), Nathan Asch ("The Bus-Boy"), Mary Heaton Vorse ("The Battle of Passaic"), Art Shields, George Sterling, Scott Nearing ("Return of the Native"), Whittaker Chambers ("Railroad Yards"), William Gropper, Art Young, Hugo Gellert, Otto Soglow, Boardman Robinson, William Montgomery Brown ("Bishop Bares All!"), and others. Issues from the first couple of years are exceedingly scarce. GOLDWATER, 181. Item #06573