The Sins of the Father: A Romance of the South [NOOK Book]

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Thomas Dixon, best known for writing the source material to D.W. Griffith's landmark film The Birth of a Nation, was one of the best-selling authors of the twentieth century. With the novels The Leopard's Spots (1902), The Clansman (1905), and The Traitor (1907), Dixon popularized the legend of Southern redemption and the Ku Klux Klan's rise and fall. Appearing after his famed Klan trilogy, The Sins of the Father (1912) involves themes of interracial sex that cut daringly close to the history of the North ...
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Overview

Thomas Dixon, best known for writing the source material to D.W. Griffith's landmark film The Birth of a Nation, was one of the best-selling authors of the twentieth century. With the novels The Leopard's Spots (1902), The Clansman (1905), and The Traitor (1907), Dixon popularized the legend of Southern redemption and the Ku Klux Klan's rise and fall. Appearing after his famed Klan trilogy, The Sins of the Father (1912) involves themes of interracial sex that cut daringly close to the history of the North Carolina author's own family. It stands firmly in the tradition of American novels-such as Lydia Maria Child's A Romance of the Republic (1867), Pauline Hopkins's Of One Blood (1902), and William Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom! (1936)-that explore the historically charged issues of miscegenation and incest.

At the center of The Sins of the Father is war-torn Confederate veteran Daniel Norton, a newspaper editor and North Carolina KKK leader with an invalid wife. To manage his household, Norton hires an octoroon nurse named Cleo, who is ultimately characterized as a racialized temptress. Major Norton is drawn to Cleo, and the novel explores the consequences of their relationship.

Encapsulating the historical breadth and thematic depth of Dixon's earlier novels but with a notable twist on the trilogy's radical sexual politics, The Sins of the Father is a startling look at the politics and history of race formation in twentieth-century America.

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"This book deals with interracial sex of a white father and a black woman. Dixon has a lot to say about this subject. — The Lone Star Book Review" — The Lone Star Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813138039
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 12/17/2004
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

Introduction xiii
A Note on the Text xxxi
Book 1 Sin
Chapter I The Woman in Yellow 3
Chapter II Cleo Enters 18
Chapter III A Beast Awakes 27
Chapter IV The Arrest 32
Chapter V The Rescue 40
Chapter VI A Traitor's Ruse 49
Chapter VII The Irony of Fate 54
Chapter VIII A New Weapon 59
Chapter IX The Words That Cost 65
Chapter X Man to Man 68
Chapter XI The Unbidden Guest 75
Chapter XII The Judgment Bar 80
Chapter XIII An Old Story 89
Chapter XIV The Fight for Life 95
Chapter XV Cleo's Silence 98
Chapter XVI The Larger Vision 100
Chapter XVII The Opal Gates 108
Chapter XVIII Questions 112
Chapter XIX Cleo's Cry 117
Chapter XX The Blow Falls 120
Chapter XXI The Call of the Blood 125
Book 2 Atonement
Chapter I The New Life Purpose 135
Chapter II A Modern Scalawag 138
Chapter III His House in Order 146
Chapter IV The Man of the Hour 150
Chapter V A Woman Scorned 153
Chapter VI An Old Comedy 161
Chapter VII Trapped 169
Chapter VIII Behind the Bars 177
Chapter IX Andy's Dilemma 179
Chapter X The Best Laid Plans 190
Chapter XI A Reconnoitre 194
Chapter XII The First Whisper 201
Chapter XIII Andy's Proposal 205
Chapter XIV The Folly of Pity 210
Chapter XV A Discovery 218
Chapter XVI The Challenge 225
Chapter XVII A Skirmish 230
Chapter XVIII Love Laughs 233
Chapter XIX "Fight it Out!" 237
Chapter XX Andy Fights 243
Chapter XXI The Second Blow 250
Chapter XXII The Test of Love 255
Chapter XXIII The Parting 265
Chapter XXIV Father and Son 273
Chapter XXV The One Chance 283
Chapter XXVI Between Two Fires 287
Chapter XXVII A Surprise 290
Chapter XXVIII Via Dolorosa 294
Chapter XXIX The Dregs in the Cup 301
Chapter XXX The Mills of God 308
Chapter XXXI Sin Full Grown 312
Chapter XXXII Confession 314
Chapter XXXIII Healing 317
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