The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man
Originally published in 1912, this novel was one of the first to present a frank picture of being black in America
Masked in the tradition of the literary confession practiced by such writers as St. Augustine and Rousseau, this "autobiography" purports to be a candid account of its narrator's private views and feelings as well as an acknowledgement of the central secret of his life: that though he lives as a white man, he is, by heritage and experience, an African-American. Written by the first black executive secretary of the NAACP, The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man, in its depiction of turn-of-the-century New York, anticipates the social realism of the Harlem Renaissance writers. In its unprecedented analysis of the social causes of a black man's denial of the best within himself, it is perhaps James Weldon Johnson's greatest service to his race.
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From the Trade Paperback edition.
192 pages; ISBN 9781101640258
Title: The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man
Author: James Weldon Johnson; William L. Andrews
Suggestions for Further Reading
A Note on the Text
Preface to the Original Edition of 1912
THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF AN EX-COLORED MAN
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