Early African-American Classics

Early African-American Classics

by Anthony Appiah (Editor)
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Early African-American Classics by Anthony Appiah

This essential one-volume collection brings together some of the most influential and significant works by African-American writers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Included herein are such classics as Frederick Douglass’s Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave (1845) and excerpts from W.E.B. DuBois’s The Souls of Black Folk (1903), Harriet A. Jacobs’s Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl: Written by Herself (1861), Booker T. Washington’s Up from Slavery (1901), and James Weldon Johnson’s The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man (1912). Whether read as records of African-American history, autobiography, or literature, these invaluable texts stand as timeless monuments to the courage, intellect, and dignity of those for whom writing itself was an act of rebellion—and whose voices and experiences would have otherwise been silenced forever.

Edited with an introduction by Anthony Appiah, who explains the distinctive American literary and cultural context of the time, this edition of Early African-American Classics remains the standard by which all similar collections will inevitably be compared.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553213799
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/01/1996
Series: Bantam Classics Series
Edition description: REISSUE
Pages: 704
Sales rank: 696,856
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 6.88(h) x 1.84(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Anthony Appiah is a professor of philosophy and literature at Duke University, and co-editor of Critical Studies in African-American Literature.

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