The Quest of the Silver Fleece

The Quest of the Silver Fleece : The Oxford W. E. B. Du Bois, Volume 14

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W. E. B. Du Bois was a public intellectual, sociologist, and activist on behalf of the African American community. He profoundly shaped black political culture in the United States through his founding role in the NAACP, as well as internationally through the Pan-African movement. Du Bois's sociological and historical research on African-American communities and culture broke ground in many areas, including the history of the post-Civil War Reconstruction period. Du Bois was also a prolific author of novels, autobiographical accounts, innumerable editorials and journalistic pieces, and several works of history. Arguably a contender for the Great American Novel, The Quest of the Silver Fleece is W. E. B. Du Bois's powerful first novel about Zora, a determined, strong Southern black woman who seeks to transcend race and social class in the late nineteenth century. Following the same path of the Greek myth after which it was named, Du Bois's novel confronts not only economic and political circumstances, but also racial and social issues of the time. Over a century after its original publication, we return to The Quest again and again for its political boldness about sexual, gender, and economic institutions. Zora, a breakthrough in the portrayal of black women, stands as a model of courage in a volatile moment in history. The novel portrays not only a story of economics but also of love, gender, and race. With a series introduction by editor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and an introduction by William L. Andrews, this edition is essential for anyone interested in African American more

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  • Hardback | 286 pages
  • 154.94 x 238.76 x 20.32mm | 521.63g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195325753
  • 9780195325751

Table of contents

Series Introduction: The Black Letters on the Sign ; Introduction ; Note ; I. Dreams ; II. The School ; III. Miss Mary Taylor ; IV. Town ; V. Zora ; VI. Cotton ; VII. The Place of Dreams ; VIII. Mr. Harry Cresswell ; IX. The Planting ; X. Mr. Taylor Calls ; XI. The Flowering of the Fleece ; XII. The Promise ; XIII. Mrs. Grey Gives a Dinner ; XIV. Love ; XV. Revelation ; XVI. The Great Refusal ; XVII. The Rape of the Fleece ; XVIII. The Cotton Corner ; XIX. The Dying of Elspeth ; XX. The Weaving of the Silver Fleece ; XXI. The Marriage Morning ; XXII. Miss Caroline Wynn ; XXIII. The Training of Zora ; XXIV. The Education of Alwyn ; XXV. The Campaign ; XXVI. Congressman Cresswell ; XXVII. The Vision of Zora ; XXVIII. The Annunciation ; XXIX. A Master of Fate ; XXX. The Return of Zora ; XXXI. A Parting of Ways ; XXXII. Zora's Way ; XXXIII. The Buying of the Swamp ; XXXIV. The Return of Alwyn ; XXXV. The Cotton Mill ; XXXVI. The Land ; XXXVII. The Mob ; XXXVIII. Atonement ; William Edward Burghardt Du Bois: A Chronology ; Selected Bibliographyshow more

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"This set represents an invaluable assembly of the works of the pioneering African American scholar, activist, and creative genius....The introductions to the individual volumes are written by such distinguished scholars as to make those writings indispensable treasures in their own right. Recommended for all public libraries and essential for every academic institution."--Library Journal (starred review)"This set is a valuable contribution to African-American scholarship. It has the potential to introduce a new readership to the scope and breadth of a unique and seminal thinker. The works included can provide a more comprehensive understanding of the issues now facing contemporary Americans....[A] breathtaking collection."--School Library Journal"The general introduction and the introductions to each of Du Bois's works form a valuable opus in their own right, as they convey the author's political and social theories and indicate the richness and development of his ideas....The realities of slavery, racism, and segregation in the United States are always at the forefront, making these works (many of them out-of-print) continually pertinent and forceful reading....This set will be an essential addition to public and college libraries."--Reference and Research Book News"This set will be vital to all large university libraries with collections in African American history and American literature."--American Reference Books Annualshow more

About Henry Louis Gates

Henry Louis Gates, Jr., is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University. He has edited several major reference works, including Dictionary of African Biography, African American Lives, Africana, and African American National Biography. In addition, he is Editor in Chief of the Oxford African American Studies more

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