Gerald Early is the Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters, professor of English and of African and Afro-American Studies, and director of the Center for Humanities at Washington University. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he is the editor of several volumes, including This Is Where I Came In: Black America in the 1960s; The Sammy Davis Jr. Reader; Body
Writers on Sport</em>; <em>Speech and Power</em>; <em>Lure and Loathing: Essays on Race, Identity, and the Ambivalence of Assimilation</em>; and <em>My Soul's High Song: The Collected Works of Countee Cullen</em>, as well as the author of <em>The Cul
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