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Dark Princess (Banner Books)

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Publisher Comments:

The problem of "the color line," W.E.B. Du Bois's ever-present polemical theme, is at the core of this novel of sensual love, radical politics, and the quest for racial justice. Originally published by Harcourt Brace and Co. in 1928, Dark Princess was one of two novels written by Du Bois. Toward the end of his life he ranked it as his favorite of all his works.

For the fantastical storyline, heavy with propagandist overtones, Du Bois depicts 1920s America as a racist nation primed for radical protest and terrorism. Matthew Townes, the protagonist, is a medical student expelled because his race bars him from the required course in obstetrics in a white hospital. Self-exiled in Berlin after his political idealism is corrupted, Townes falls in love with Princess Kautilya, daughter of a maharajah, and joins the international team she heads in which people of color unite against white imperialism. Du Bois recounts their quest for liberation in a whites-only world that overwhelms their passionate love and separates them. Du Bois concludes the novel with the birth of their son--proclaimed as the Maharajah of Bwodpur and "Messenger and Messiah to all the Darker Worlds."

The reviewer for the New York Herald Tribune found "amidst much pure romance and preciosity of style there are rich deposits of straight sociology [as well as] interesting and revealing reading [for] the white reader who has yet few ways of looking into the many closed chambers of Negro life or of seeing into the dilemmas of the intellectual Negro mind and heart."

Synopsis:

The remarkably complex romance in which Du Bois confronted the twentieth century world that had closed itself to people of color

Product Details

ISBN:
9780878057658
Introduction:
Tate, Claudia
Author:
Tate, Claudia
Author:
Du Bois, W. E. B.
Author:
Bois, W. E. B. Du
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
Location:
Jackson, MS :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Afro-americans
Subject:
Racism
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
Racism -- Fiction.
Subject:
Romance - Contemporary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Romance
Subject:
Multicultural
Subject:
interracial
Subject:
Ethnic Studies
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Banner Books
Series Volume:
no. 16
Publication Date:
19950431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
344
Dimensions:
9.06x6.10x.85 in. 1.14 lbs.

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