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Title:
How I wrote Jubilee and other essays on life and literature
Author:
Walker, Margaret, 1915-1998.
Publication Information:
New York : Feminist Press at The City University of New York, 1990.
Physical Description:
xxi, 157 pages : portraits ; 23 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781558610033

9781558610040
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Summary

This first comprehensive collection of Margaret Walker's autobiographical and literary essays has been acclaimed as "a powerful social history and as a serious study of black American literature."-Kirkus Review In the title essay, Walker recounts the search for family and social history from which she wrote her carefully researched novel of the Civil War. The autobiographical essays reflect on her work and her life as an artist, as African-American, and a woman, while the literary essays examine the writings of such giants as Richard Wright, W.E.B. DuBois, Phyllis Wheatley, Georgia Douglas Johnson, and others. "Spanning a half-century (1943to 1988), these brilliant, intimate writings capture the flavor of the times and powerfully convey the social and literary thoughts that distinguishes Walker as one of the intellectual beacons of her generation."-Booklist


Summary

In this first comprehensive collection of autobiographical and literary essays, Margaret Walker--described by Booklist as "one of the intellectual beacons of her generation"--recounts the search for family and social history from which she wrote her carefully researched novel of the Civil War. The autobiographical essays reflect on her work and her life as an artist, an African American, and a woman, while the literary essays examine the writings of such giants as Richard Wright, W. E. B. DuBois, Phillis Wheatley, and others.


Author Notes

Margaret Walker wrote poetry, essays, the novel Jubilee, and the biography Richard Wright: Daemonic Genius. she created pioneering programs in the humanities and African American studies at Jackson State University, where she was a faculty member for almost three decades.

(Bowker Author Biography) Margaret Walker lectures on Renaissance art and reviews books for Burlington Magazine.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Margaret Walker wrote poetry, essays, the novel Jubilee, and the biography Richard Wright: Daemonic Genius. she created pioneering programs in the humanities and African American studies at Jackson State University, where she was a faculty member for almost three decades.

(Bowker Author Biography) Margaret Walker lectures on Renaissance art and reviews books for Burlington Magazine.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Walker is well known in academic circles for her important contribution to black literature, both as an award-winning creative writer (her published works include the poetry anthologies For My People and This Is My Century and the acclaimed novel Jubilee) and as a talented scholar (she's professor emeritus of English at Mississippi's Jackson State University, whose black studies program she founded, and a biographer of Richard Wright). In the current volume, a collection of Walker's personal essays and speeches, this former student of such literary giants as Langston Hughes and Richard Wright critically examines the writings of these and other less personally familiar African American authors (James Baldwin, W. E. B. Du Bois, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Georgia Douglas Johnson, among others) and reflects on her own work as an artist, an Afro-American, and a woman. Spanning a half-century (1943 to 1988), these brilliant, intimate writings capture the flavor of the times and powerfully convey the social and literary thought that distinguishes Walker as one of the intellectual beacons of her generation. Index. --Mary Banas


Library Journal Review

While Walker is generally acknowledged to be an important 20th-century poet and novelist, this first collection of her essays will further secure her place in American political and cultural life. The essays, written over the last 50+ years of Walker's career as a writer, teacher, scholar, and activist, compellingly recount the personal history of a woman for whom individual expression is an essential form of the struggle against racism, sexism, and classism. Her readings of Southern writers represent an original way of thinking about how race figures in the work of white and black writers. Walker's radical humanist perspective ought to reinvigorate current critical `discussions of race, gender, class, and literature.-- Molly Brodsky, Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick, N.J. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.