The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man

The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man

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by James Weldon Johnson
     
 

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Remarkable novel relates, through an anonymous narrator, events in the life of an American of mixed ethnicity whose exceptional abilities allow him to move freely in society—from the rural South to the urban North and eventually, Europe. A revolutionary work which not only probes the psychological aspects of 'passing for white' but also examines the American caste

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Remarkable novel relates, through an anonymous narrator, events in the life of an American of mixed ethnicity whose exceptional abilities allow him to move freely in society—from the rural South to the urban North and eventually, Europe. A revolutionary work which not only probes the psychological aspects of 'passing for white' but also examines the American caste and class system.

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"Alan Bomar Jones performs in a smooth voice." —AudioFile

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ISBN-13:
9780679727538
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/28/1989
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
753,564
Product dimensions:
5.13(w) x 7.95(h) x 0.68(d)

Meet the Author


James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938) was an American author, educator, and early civil rights activist. Johnson was a notable early leader of the NAACP, as well as an active scholar and writer, whose work includes novels, poems, and collections of folklore. He was also one of the first African-American professors at New York University.

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Richard Allen is a five-time Audie-nominated narrator whose work has been acknowledged on the Best Audiobooks Lists for Audiofile and Library Journal. He was named an AudioFile Best Voice in 2008 and has won four AudioFile Earphones Awards. His audiobooks include From Midnight to Dawn, Lincoln and Chief Justice Taney, Futureland, and Right as Rain.

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The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
James Weldon Johnson is one of the most important black people who is rarely ever discussed. Although this book was fiction and not autobiographical, it is a very good look into the life of a black man who could pass for white and how he dealt with both realities which ultimately leads him to choose one although in a somewhat conflicted fashion. It a great short read that leaves you desiring to explore more about the protagonist. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants a glimpse into the black experience and the conflicting aspects of our existence in the great american landscape.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Though the concept of this book may not seem overly exciting to some, it really is a great story. The continuous action in the book makes for a quick and painless read. Johnson¿s narrator illustrates the ¿race question¿ in a way that many people have failed to understand. In that sense, the ideas and themes portrayed in this book, though intended for an early 1900¿s audience, still apply to today¿s society (though not in the same way as they did in the past). Anyone with a passion for history, an interest in civil rights, or simply an interest in the African-American culture can appreciate the story, theme, and historical value of The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was well crafted, entertaining, and above all, educational. It taught me a great deal about the civil rights movement, but also provided a new outlook on life in general. I would highly recommend it to anyone--black, white, yellow, pink, or purple. This book is about human nature, therefore everyone can grow a great deal by studying it.
toniFMAMTC 30 days ago
This isn’t the usual historical biography from a black man. He’s able to pass as black or white and has a privileged upbringing. He has a unique perspective of just being a man during the times of segregation.
Anonymous 11 months ago
I don't think I would have liked James very much if we had met. He even admits that he was an arrogant person. He admits that he was such. He accomplished great thinhs only after being humbled a little. I'm not saying he didn't contribute to the world as we know it today. I'm just saying that I understand why people keep their private lives seperate from their business lives!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the best Harlem Renaissance pieces of literature I have ever read. The mixture of narrative and social commentary on the race question gives the book depth and meaning beyond a simple story. The interesting title is backed up by an interesting novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man was an excellent read and quite thought provoking. I rarely find books that I'm willing to read twice but I would read this book over and over again. In my opinion Johnson's one of the best classic writer's of his time. He writes with a brillance, which was way ahead of his time. He protrays a message that outlines the answer for the race question for both Black & White. He's a great inspiration to enhance the dream searcher. Most of all he gave me hope.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
GREAT PLOTLINE AND INTREGING TITLE THE FACT THAT U CAN PROVOKE YOUR SOCIAL STATUS IS A THOUGHT PROVOKING CONCEPT A DISOBEDIENCE TO YOUR "RACE" YET BY DOING SO U STAND UP FOR IT AND YOURSELF GIVING YOUR PEOPLE THE FREEDOM OF EQUALITY