John Henry (novel)

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John Henry
John Henry.jpg
Dust-jacket illustration for John Henry
Author Roark Bradford
Illustrator J. J. Lankes
Country United States
Language English
Genre Novel
Publisher Harper & Brothers
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 225 pp

John Henry is a 1931 novel by Roark Bradford and illustrated by woodcut artist J. J. Lankes, based on the African-American folk hero of the same name. It was made into a Broadway play and later a musical featuring Paul Robeson in the title role and Ruby Elzy as Julie Anne.


  • "Show me the machine I can beat it"


  • Bleiler, Everett (1948). The Checklist of Fantastic Literature. Chicago: Shasta Publishers. p. 58. 

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