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Early African-American Classics (Bantam Classics)by Anthony Appiah
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This essential one-volume collection brings together some of the most influential and significant works by African-American writers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Included herein are such classics as Frederick Douglasss Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave (1845) and excerpts from W.E.B. DuBoiss The Souls of Black Folk (1903), Harriet A. Jacobss Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl: Written by Herself (1861), Booker T. Washingtons Up from Slavery (1901), and James Weldon Johnsons The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man (1912). Whether read as records of African-American history, autobiography, or literature, these invaluable texts stand as timeless monuments to the courage, intellect, and dignity of those for whom writing itself was an act of rebellion—and whose voices and experiences would have otherwise been silenced forever.
Edited with an introduction by Anthony Appiah, who explains the distinctive American literary and cultural context of the time, this edition of Early African-American Classics remains the standard by which all similar collections will inevitably be compared.
A collection of some of the most influential and significant writings by Afro-American authors of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, this is an important addition to Bantam's growing black classics list.
An essential collection of some of the most influential and significant writings by African-American writers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, this volume includes Frederick Douglass's Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave (1845) and excerpts from W.E.B. Du Bois's The Souls of Black Folk (1903), Harriet A. Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl: Written by Herself (1861), Booker T. Washington's Up From Slavery (1901), and James Weldon Johnston's The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man (1912).
In his provocative introductory essay, Anthony Appiah explores the roots of African-American literature. He points out that writing itself was an act of rebellion for a population that assumed to be illiterate, and explains the distinctive American literary and cultural context of the time, without which these works cannot be fully understood.
About the Author
Anthony Appiah is a professor of philosophy and literature at Duke University, and co-editor of Critical Studies in African-American Literature.
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