Up From Slavery
Upon its publication in 1901, Up From Slavery became the most influential book written by an African American. As one of a handful of
classic American autobiographies, its place in the literary and
historical canons is assured. This Norton Critical Edition includes as its text the first book
edition, published by Doubleday, Page and Company. The text is fully
annotated and includes the index that appended the first book edition.
"Contexts and Composition History" includes a selection of letters
between Washington and his editor, Lyman Abbott, that reveals the
process by which Up From Slavery was planned and written. Reviews from
The Nation, North American Review, and Colored American Magazine offer
examples of contemporary reaction to the book. An excerpt from My Larger Education includes Washington's impressions
of Frederick Douglass and of his African American critics (among them
W. E. B. Du Bois) and reveals his reaction to the mounting criticism of
his social, economic, and political programs during the last years of
"Criticism" offers a collection of eight essays that present a variety of
perspectives on Up From Slavery by W. E. B. Du Bois, Kelly Miller,
August Meier, Louis R. Harlan, Sidonie Smith, James M. Cox, Houston A.
Baker, Jr., and William L. Andrews. Together, these essays represent
ninety years of the best critical and historical analysis of Up From
Slavery and its author.
A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are included.
- August 1995
- 5.2 × 8.4 in
/ 288 pages
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