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Writings

By James Weldon Johnson, 1871-1938

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."

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1931082529


Format: Book
Author: Johnson, James Weldon, 1871-1938
Title: Writings / James Weldon Johnson.
Publisher Date: New York : Library of America : Distributed to the trade in the United States by Penguin Putnam, c2004.
Subject: African Americans -- Literary collections African Americans
Isbn: 1931082529 (alk. paper)
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System Items Available: 5
System Items Total: 5
Call Number: 818.52 Joh
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Bib Id: 206653

Format: Book
Author: Johnson, James Weldon, 1871-1938
Title: Writings / James Weldon Johnson.
Publisher, Date: New York : Library of America : Distributed to the trade in the United States by Penguin Putnam, c2004.
Description: x, 906 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Series: The library of America ; 145
Series: Library of America ; 145.
Subjects: African Americans -- Literary collections
Subjects: African Americans
Other Author: Library of America (Firm)
Other Title: Selections. 2004
Notes: Includes bibliographical references.
Contents: The autobiography of an ex-colored man -- Along this way -- New York Age editorials -- Selected essays -- Black Manhattan -- Selected poems.
LCCN: 2003044227
ISBN: 1931082529 (alk. paper)
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Available Copies: 5
Total Copies: 5
Call Number: 818.52 Joh