O Why Be Proud

O Why Be Proud

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"O Why Be Proud?" is the epic saga of a black slave, who in an effort to serve and help comfort others who have fought there, becomes a hero and dies on a Civil War battlefield. As her plot strands multiply and intertwine against a series of ever-more-astonishing tableux, Hartley depicts the establishment and growth of the city of New Orleans, which in the early nineteenth century was known as the "city of sin" where "most nights, there was a murder or a robbery." Here is historical fiction at its best, an indelible portrait of a fascinating period in America's past.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 289 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 20.32mm | 476.27g
  • Vantage Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 053316284X
  • 9780533162840

About Ethelmae Hartley

In addition to writing, Sally Tyndale Hartley, the eighty-seven-year-old author of "O Why Be Proud""?" loves to collect books and antiques pertaining to the era she portrays so movingly in her novel; among her prized possessions is a collection of Negro spirituals owned by Paul Robeson. Ms. Hartley is the proud parent of a son and daughter -"teachers married to teachers," she says- and is also the grandmother of five and the great-grandmother of nine.show more