Ethiopian Stories

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These two recently recovered novellas by the influential Harlem Renaissance author feature the thrilling and suspenseful adventures of African Americans involved in the Italo-Ethiopian war of the 1930s.
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Overview

These two recently recovered novellas by the influential Harlem Renaissance author feature the thrilling and suspenseful adventures of African Americans involved in the Italo-Ethiopian war of the 1930s.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Two intriguing 1930s novellas, fine examples of a then-popular genre: literary Pan-Africanism. . . These two stories combine propaganda and entertainment; while they read like straightforward murder mysteries, they demonstrate the commitment of essayist, journalist, and satirist Schuyler (1885-1977) to the outcome of Ethiopia's struggle." —Kirkus Reviews
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In his later years, Schuyler (1895-1977), a black journalist, gained notoriety for his conservative attacks on leading black figures, including Martin Luther King. Earlier, though, he energized African American literature by appropriating the crime and science fiction genres to its uses. This volume, a follow-up to 1991's Black Empire, contains two of Schuyler's genre novellas, serialized in the 1930s and recently recovered by editor Hill. Both stories concern Ethiopia's struggle in the 1930s to liberate itself from Italian rule. Set in Harlem, ``The Ethiopian Murder Mystery'' concerns a newspaper reporter's efforts to prove wealthy Crissina Van Dyke innocent of the murder of Prince Haile Destu, an Ethiopian diplomat; the reporter's sleuthing eventually uncovers a plot with international political roots. In ``Revolt in Ethiopia,'' Dick Welland, a former redcap made wealthy through inheritance, unwittingly becomes involved in the efforts of Ethiopian princess Ettar Zunda to finance her country's warriors by going after a fabulous treasure. Using adventure-tale conventions, Schuyler depicts the duo's narrow escapes and Welland's deepening commitment to the princess and her cause. The stories are straight pulp, high on suspense and low on sophistication and depth. Hill's introduction, however, which positions Schuyler in the American literary canon, makes clear the historical import of his work, despite its banality. (Dec.)
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Two recently recovered detective-spy novellas by African-American writer Schuyler (1895-1977)--The Ethiopian Murder Mystery and Revolt in Ethiopia--are published here for the first time in book form, having originally been serialized in the Pittsburgh Courier during the 1930s. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555532147
  • Publisher: Northeastern University Press
  • Publication date: 2/8/1996
  • Series: Northeastern Library of Black Literature
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.92 (w) x 9.03 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

Autobiographical Sketch
Introduction
The Ethiopian Murder Mystery: A Story of Love and International Intrigue 51
Revolt In Ethiopia: A Tale of Black Insurrection Against Italian Imperialism 123
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