How I Wrote Jubilee: And Other Essays on Life and Literature

How I Wrote Jubilee: And Other Essays on Life and Literature

by Margaret Walker
     
 

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In this first comprehensive collection of autobiographical and literary essays, Margaret Walker—described by Booklist as “one of the intellectual beacons of her generation”—recounts the search for family and social history from which she wrote her carefully researched novel of the Civil War. The autobiographical essays reflect on her

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In this first comprehensive collection of autobiographical and literary essays, Margaret Walker—described by Booklist as “one of the intellectual beacons of her generation”—recounts the search for family and social history from which she wrote her carefully researched novel of the Civil War. The autobiographical essays reflect on her work and her life as an artist, an African American, and a woman, while the literary essays examine the writings of such giants as Richard Wright, W. E. B. DuBois, Phillis Wheatley, and others.

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"[Margaret Walker is] one of the intellectual beacons of her generation." —Booklist

"Margaret Walker is one of the great creators and teachers of literature. This new collection will be required reading for American intellectuals." —Amiri Baraka, poet, playwright, and critic

"In this collection of personal essays and criticism, Margaret Walker reveals the passion of a poet, the mind of a scholar, and the clarity of a sage." —Paula Giddings, author of When and Where I Enter

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While Walker is generally acknowledged to be an important 20th-century poet and novelist, this first collection of her essays will further secure her place in American political and cultural life. The essays, written over the last 50+ years of Walker's career as a writer, teacher, scholar, and activist, compellingly recount the personal history of a woman for whom individual expression is an essential form of the struggle against racism, sexism, and classism. Her readings of Southern writers represent an original way of thinking about how race figures in the work of white and black writers. Walker's radical humanist perspective ought to reinvigorate current critical `discussions of race, gender, class, and literature.-- Molly Brodsky, Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick, N.J.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558610040
Publisher:
Feminist Press at CUNY, The
Publication date:
01/01/1993
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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