The Essential Writings of James Weldon Johnson
James Weldon Johnson


Title: The Essential Writings of James Weldon Johnson

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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essays on cultural and political topics, selections from Johnson’s autobiography, Along This Way, and two previously unpublished short plays: Do You Believe in Ghosts?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civic and cultural life.­“This collection of poetry, fiction, criticism, autobiography, political writing and two unpublished plays by James Weldon Johnson (1871-­1938) spans 60 years of pure triumph over adversity.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 TimesFrom the Trade Paperback edition.

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