The essential writings of James Weldon Johnson / edited and with an introduction by Rudolph P. Byrd ; foreword by Charles Johnson.

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Series: Modern Library classics: Publisher: New York : Modern Library, [2008]Edition: 2008 Modern Library trade paperback original.Description: xxx, 321 pages ; 21 cm.ISBN: 9780812975321.Note: "Modern Library trade paperback original"--T.p. verso.Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages [319]-321).
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"A canonical collection, splendidly and sensitively edited by Rudolph Byrd."
-Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

One of the leading voices of the Harlem Resaissance 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, essays on cultural and political topics, selections from Johnson's autobiography, Along This Way , and two previously unpublished short plays: Do You Believe in Ghosts?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.

"This collection of poetry, fiction, criticism, autobiography, political writing and two unpublished plays by James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938) spans 60 years of pure triumph over adversity. [....Johnson's] nobility, his inspiration shine forth from these pages, setting moral and artistic standards." -- Los Angeles Times

"Modern Library trade paperback original"--T.p. verso.

Includes bibliographical references (pages [319]-321).

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Library Journal Review

Best known for writing the lyrics to "Lift Every Voice and Sing," the black national anthem, Johnson (1871-1938) was the master of many genres-fiction, drama, poetry, and essays. This anthology highlights his many contributions to the canon. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Born in Jacksonville Fla. in 1871, James Weldon Johnson was one of the leaders of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s. His career was varied and included periods as a teacher, lawyer, songwriter (with his brother J. Rosamond Johnson), and diplomat (as United States Consul to Puerto Cabello, Venezuela, from 1906 to 1909).

Among his most famous writings are Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man, published anonymously in 1912, and God's Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse (1927), the winner of the Harmon Gold Award. He was also editor of several anthologies of African-American poetry and spirituals, and in 1933 his autobiography, Along This Way, was published.

He served as Secretary to the NAACP from 1916 to 1930 and was a professor of literature at Fisk University in Nashville from 1930 until his death in 1938.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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