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Writings: The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man, Along This Way, Essays and Editorials, Selected Poems written by James Weldon Johnson

 

Writings: The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man, Along This Way, Essays and Editorials, Selected Poems written by James Weldon Johnson

Overview:

The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man (1912), James Weldon Johnson's first book and the first modernist novel written by an African American, is a groundbreaking and subtle account of racial passing, initially published as an anonymous memoir. Its veracity—many believed it to be a genuine autobiography—has made it one of the undisputed masterpieces of African American literature and established Johnson in the African American literary vanguard of the first half of the twentieth century. He was also one of the central figures of the civil-rights struggle of his era, a tireless activist and longtime leader of the NAACP. Until now, however, his innovative and fascinating writings have never been gathered in a one-volume edition.

Johnson's complex career spanned the worlds of diplomacy (as a U.S. consul in Venezuela and Nicaragua), politics (as secretary of the NAACP), journalism (as the founder of one newspaper and longtime editor of another), and musical theater (as lyricist for the Broadway song-writing team of Cole and Johnson Brothers). Writings presents a generous array of Johnson's essays which, with the early work of W.E.B. Du Bois, established the foundation of twentieth- century African American literary criticism; a selection of his topical editorials from the New York Age; and an offering of his poems and lyrics, including God's Trombones—a brilliant verse homage to African American preaching—vaudeville songs, protest poems, and perhaps Johnson's most famous work, “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” a stirring hymn often called the “Negro National Anthem.”

Synopsis:

The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man (1912), James Weldon Johnson's first book and the first modernist novel written by an African American, is a groundbreaking and subtle account of racial passing, initially published as an anonymous memoir. Its veracity—many believed it to be a genuine autobiography—has made it one of the undisputed masterpieces of African American literature and established Johnson in the African American literary vanguard of the first half of the twentieth century. He was also one of the central figures of the civil-rights struggle of his era, a tireless activist and longtime leader of the NAACP. Until now, however, his innovative and fascinating writings have never been gathered in a one-volume edition.

Johnson's complex career spanned the worlds of diplomacy (as a U.S. consul in Venezuela and Nicaragua), politics (as secretary of the NAACP), journalism (as the founder of one newspaper and longtime editor of another), and musical theater (as lyricist for the Broadway song-writing team of Cole and Johnson Brothers). Writings presents a generous array of Johnson's essays which, with the early work of W.E.B. Du Bois, established the foundation of twentieth- century African American literary criticism; a selection of his topical editorials from the New York Age; and an offering of his poems and lyrics, including God's Trombones—a brilliant verse homage to African American preaching—vaudeville songs, protest poems, and perhaps Johnson's most famous work, “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” a stirring hymn often called the “Negro National Anthem.”

Library Journal

The Library of America's latest offering combines the author's noted 1912 novel The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man and his 1933 autobiography Along This Way plus numerous essays and his New York Age editorials covering a plethora of subjects. Top shelf. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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