The Souls of Black Folk   -     By: W.E.B. DuBois
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The Souls of Black Folk

Random House / 1993 / Hardcover

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Through the essays in the Souls of Black Folk, W.E.B. Du Bois made what he himself referred to as 'the problem of the color line' a central subject in the intellectual tradition of the West. But a recognition of this momentous achievement does only partial justice to Du Bois' masterpiece, which, in its lyricism and the ease with which it moves from the immediacy of journalism and sociology to the permanence of literature, reveals the ways in which profound, seemingly intractable historical dilemmas can, in the right hands, be transformed into the matter of art.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 209
Vendor: Random House
Publication Date: 1993
Dimensions: 8.33 X 5.18 X 0.82 (inches)
ISBN: 067942802X
ISBN-13: 9780679428022

Publisher's Description

"The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line." Thus speaks W.E.B. Du Bois in The Souls Of Black Folk, one of the most prophetic and influental works in American literature. In this eloquent collection of essays, first published in 1903, Du Bois dares as no one has before to describe the magnitude of American racism and demand an end to it. He draws on his own life for illustration, from his early experiences teaching in the hills of Tennessee to the death of his infant son and his historic break with the conciliatory position of Booker T. Washington.

Far ahead of its time, The Souls Of Black Folk both anticipated and inspired much of the black conciousness and activism of the 1960's and is a classic in the literature of civil rights. The elegance of DuBois's prose and the passion of his message are as crucial today as they were upon the book's first publication.

Introduction by Arnold Rampersad


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Author Bio

W.E.B. Du Bois (1868–1963), writer, civil rights activist, scholar, and editor, is one of the most significant intellectuals in American history. A founding member of the NAACP, editor for many years of The Crisis and three other journals, and author of seventeen books, his writings, speeches, and public debates brought fundamental changes to American race relations.

David Levering Lewis is Martin Luther King, Jr., University Professor in the department of history at Rutgers University. He won Pulitzer prizes for both volumes of his landmark biography of W.E.B. Du Bois, along with many other awards, including the Bancroft and Parkman prizes. He lives in Manhattan.

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