By James Weldon Johnson
“A canonical assortment, wonderfully and sensitively edited by way of Rudolph Byrd.”
–Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
One of the top voices of the Harlem Resaissance and an important literary determine of his time, James Weldon Johnson was once additionally an editor, songwriter, founding member and chief of the NAACP, and the 1st African American to carry a diplomatic put up as consul to Venezuela and Nicaragua. This accomplished quantity of Johnson’s works contains the seminal novel Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man, poems from God’s Trombones, essays on cultural and political themes, choices from Johnson’s autobiography, Along This Way, and formerly unpublished brief performs: Do you suspect in Ghosts? and The Engineer. that includes a chronology, bibliography, and a Foreword by way of acclaimed writer Charles Johnson, this contemporary Library variation showcases the great diversity of James Weldon Johnson’s writings and their huge impact on American civic and cultural life.
“This choice of poetry, fiction, feedback, autobiography, political writing and unpublished performs by means of James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938) spans 60 years of natural conquer adversity. [….Johnson’s] the Aristocracy, his notion shine forth from those pages, surroundings ethical and inventive standards.” —Los Angeles Times
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