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A love no less : more than two centuries of African American love letters
Newkirk, Pamela.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Doubleday, [2003]

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xv, 207 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
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PS673.L6 L68 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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A Delightful paean to African American love, this treasury of fifty letters written by well known figures and ordinary folk alike resonates with the joy and tenderness of romance, and offers glimpses into the social, literary, and political lives of black Americans throughout the last two centuries. An elegantly designed volume, printed in sepia and enhanced with photographs, A LOVE NO LESS presents the letters of African American lovers of all walks of life--from slave letters to the celebrated turn-of-the-twentieth-century poet Paul Laurence Dunbar to soldiers fighting World War II, to notable entertainers, businessmen, and civic leaders. Whether they were penned by literary masters or hastily scribbled by soldiers writing home to their wives or girlfriends, the letters are eloquent expressions of the writers' most intimate feelings and touching revelations of the things that matter most in their lives. A LOVE NO LESS is a testament to black love and to the bonds that endure in the face of physical separation, harsh times, and personal misfortunes. It also provides a peek into the more public arena, as writers tell their lovers about their everyday activities and encounters. Paul Laurence Dunbar writes to his wife about meeting Booker T. Washington and attending a lecture by W. E. B. DuBois. Letters from the Harlem Renaissance capture the excitement and vibrancy of that extraordinary period with stories about dinners, theater parties, shows and social outings with Langston Hughes, Carl Van Vechten and other luminaries. In a letter to her new husband written in the 1930s, stage and screen star Fredi Washington describes seeing a stereo for the first time and recounts her negotiations for a role in a Paramount film. An enchanting and inspiring look at the power of love to transform and sustain, A LOVE NO LESS is the perfect gift for Valentines Day, anniversaries, birthdays, and weddings, a book that everyone who has ever been in love will treasure.

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Library Journal Review

Published just in time for Valentine's Day, this collection of love letters pays tribute to the cultural heritage of African Americans and their expressions of love throughout the past two centuries. From the time of slavery to the Harlem Renaissance to the present, Newkirk (Within the Veil: Black Journalists, White Media) has culled letters from various archives and personal collections from around the country, amassing missives from mostly unknown people and a few famous ones who have shared their love via the written word. She attempts to illustrate the endurance of love not only during good times but also in the face of adversity and turmoil, and she offers historical context for each letter, as well as background information about the correspondents. Photographs and copies of some of the original handwritten notes enrich this heartfelt text. Although the absence of an index prevents this book from being useful to scholars, it is nevertheless an enjoyable (if not indispensable) addition to specialized African American collections in larger public libraries.-Donna Marie Smith, Palm Beach Cty. Lib. Syst., FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.