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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Cosimo Classics (November 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160206895X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602068957
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.9 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,319,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 Annual

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Originally published in 1911, The Quest of the Silver Fleece was the first novel to come from world-famous sociologist and civil-rights leader W.E.B. Du Bois. A controversial title of its time, the novel chronicles the complex interactions between Northern financing and Southern politics as it follows the story of free-spirited Zora, child of a Southern swamp, and her romance with Yankee-educated Bles, who will eventually face the opportunity to claim political power through corrupt means. In the middle of it all is the silver fleece, a crop of cotton rich with meaning and symbolism.

In the tradition of other incendiary novels that explore market forces at the turn of the century, such as Frank Norris's The Pit and Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, The Quest of the Silver Fleece was seen as an "economic study" by Du Bois, yet it was also a romantic and otherwordly saga, loosely based on the Greek myth from which it takes its name. Using literary conventions to expose and oppose America's views on race, Du Bois presents a sprawling and provocative work that continues to engage readers and inspire debate among literary scholars today.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gilbert W. Crampton on December 4, 2008
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Who else but Du Bois could provide so much history, economics, romance, and drama in one book. I could not put the book down. I wonder how much, if any, influence Du Bois had on Toni Morrison, Edward Jones, and Ishmael Reed. This book, written in 1911, has themes and characters like those in "Song of Solomon", "Aunt Hagars Children", and "Flight to Canada". I read this book during the Obama quest for the presidency I kept thinking/feeling while reading, we sure have come a long way.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jennie on February 20, 2001
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Du Bois himself called The Quest "an economic study of some merit." Wow, it sure was an emotionally engaging economic study to read! This book is a page-turner. Du Bois attempts to take his reader into the heart of American neoslavery without using the traditional form of slave narrative. The fictional work of this famed writer of "The Souls of Black Folk," is a penetrating glance into soul of a nation built on dehumanizing labor.
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