The essential writings of James Weldon Johnson / edited and with an introduction by Rudolph P. Byrd ; foreword by Charles Johnson
- Modern Library classics
- Portrait of James Weldon Johnson / Michael S. Harper -- James Weldon Johnson : a chronology -- Drama. Do you believe in ghosts? -- The engineer -- Fiction. The autobiography of an ex-coloured man -- Poetry. Sence you went away -- Lift every voice and sing -- Fifty years -- The creation -- Noah built the ark -- The Judgment Day -- Saint Peter relates an incident of the resurrection day -- Cultural criticism. Native African races and culture -- The dilemma of the Negro author -- Race prejudice and the Negro artist -- Autobiography. Selections from Along this way -- Political writing. Negro Americans, what now?
- "One of the leading voices of the Harlem Renaissance and a crucial literary figure of his time, James Weldon Johnson was also an editor, songwriter, founding member and leader of the NAACP, and the first African American to hold a diplomatic post as consul to Venezuela and Nicaragua. This comprehensive volume of Johnson's works includes the seminal novel Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man, poems from God's Trombones, essays on cultural and political topics, selections from Johnson's autobiography, Along This Way, and two previously unpublished short plays: Do You Believe in Ghosts? and The Engineer. Featuring a chronology, bibliography, and a Foreword by acclaimed author Charles Johnson, this Modern Library edition showcases the tremendous range of James Weldon Johnson's writings and their considerable influence on American civic and cultural life."--Pub. desc.
- 9780812975321 (pbk.) and 0812975324 (pbk.)
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- Includes bibliographical references (pages 319-321).
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