Item #1003120 Soul Dictionary. Howard C. Brooks.
Soul Dictionary
Soul Dictionary
Soul Dictionary

Soul Dictionary

Buffalo, New York: E. Marie Mays, 1971. Side-stapled volume, measuring 8.25 x 5.25 inches: [4], 47, [1]. Original yellow wrappers screenprinted in black and gray. Staples rusted.

First and only edition of this alphabetical “compilation of soul terms and phrases,” starting with “Ace Boon Coon” (a good friend or pal) and ending with “Z’s” (sleep). In his introduction, Brooks notes the impossibility of capturing Black street slang in any definitive or comprehensive way: “This little dictionary may not help the older generation understand the younger; it may not improve race relations; but to say the least, you should find it interesting.” A ‘zine published from a residential address in Buffalo, Soul Dictionary is not found in OCLC or COPAC. We have been unable to learn anything about Howard C. Brooks or his publisher, E. Marie Mays, though Soul Dictionary does appear as a source in SUNY-Buffalo professor Herbert Foster’s 1974 sociological study of “street corner” behavior, Ribbin’, Jivin’, and Playin’ the Dozens. A near-fine copy of an elusive title.

Price: $250.00

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