From the Publisher
"[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
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.