Langston Hughes and Prentiss Taylor

In 1931 Prentiss Taylor and Langston Hughes created the Golden Stair Press, issuing broadsides and books featuring the artwork of Prentiss Taylor and the texts of Langston Hughes.  In 1932 they issued The Scottsboro Limited based on the trial of the Scottsboro Boys.


Langston Hughes (1902-1967), American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright and columnist. He was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form called jazz poetry.  1936 photograph by Carl Van Vechten.


Prentiss Taylor (1907-1991), American lithographer, painter and costume designer, collaborated with many writers and musicians during the Harlem Renaissance and was close friends with Langston Hughes and Carl Van Vechten.  This undated photograph was taken by Carl Van Vechten.