Items related to The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man

The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man

3.93 avg rating
( 9,074 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9781420952360: The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

First published anonymously in 1912, “The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man” is James Weldon’s Johnson fictional account of a young biracial man living in America during the second half of the 19th century and early part of the 20th century. The so-called “Ex-Colored” man makes his living as a jazz pianist playing ragtime music at a popular New York club. It is here that he catches the attention of a wealthy white gentleman who takes a curious interest in him and employs him to play at his parties. While he becomes friends with the man a feeling of subservience reminiscent of slavery prompts him to part ways. He travels to the south where he intends to work on his music in an attempt to glorify the artistry of his race. After witnessing a terribly horrific lynching he abandons his desire to embrace his black heritage opting instead to “pass” as a white man. “The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man” masterfully explores the complexity of race relations between whites and blacks in America and the search for racial identity by one of mixed ethnicity. Through the experiences of its unnamed protagonist the issues of class, race, and discrimination are discussed with an openness uncommon to literature of the time, and which would establish it as a pivotal work of the Harlem Renaissance. This edition is printed on premium acid-free paper.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

From the Back Cover:

One of the most prominent African-Americans of his time, James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938) was a successful lawyer, educator, social reformer, songwriter, and critic. But it was as a poet and novelist that he achieved lasting fame.
Among his most famous works, "The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man "in many ways parallels Johnson's own remarkable life. First published in 1912, the novel relates, through an anonymous narrator, events in the life of an American of mixed ethnicity whose exceptional abilities and ambiguous appearance allow him unusual social mobility--from the rural South to the urban North and eventually to Europe.
A radical departure from earlier books by black authors, this pioneering work not only probes the psychological aspects of "passing for white" but also examines the American caste and class system. The human drama is powerful and revealing--from the narrator's persistent battles with personal demons to his firsthand observations of a Southern lynching and the mingling of races in New York's bohemian atmosphere at the turn of the century.
Revolutionary for its time, the" Autobiography" remains both an unrivaled example of black expression and a major contribution to American literature.

About the Author:

James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938) was a prolific writer and legendary civil rights activist who produced several novels, a pioneering work of cultural history, the first major anthology of black poetry, and numerous treatises on race relations. He served as U.S. consul to Venezuela and Nicaragua and as secretary of the NAACP"."

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9781614275275: The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man

Featured Edition

ISBN 10: 1614275270 ISBN 13: 9781614275275
Publisher: Martino Fine Books, 2013
Softcover

9781636003672: The Autobiography Of An Ex-Colored Man

Loki&#..., 2018
Softcover

9781731702074: The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man

Simon ..., 2018
Hardcover

9781096923671: The Autobiography Of An Ex-Colored Man

Indepe..., 2019
Softcover

9781604592184: The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man (an African American Heritage Book)

Wilder..., 2008
Hardcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

Stock Image

James Weldon Johnson
Published by Digireads.com 2016-02-22 (2016)
ISBN 10: 1420952366 ISBN 13: 9781420952360
New Paperback Quantity: 1
Seller:
International Bookstore
(Wallingford, OXON, United Kingdom)

Book Description Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # 6959-LSI-9781420952360

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 6.90
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 0.69
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

Johnson, James Weldon
Published by Digireads.com (2016)
ISBN 10: 1420952366 ISBN 13: 9781420952360
New Softcover Quantity: 1
Seller:
GlassFrogBooks
(Hawthorne, CA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: New. A+ Customer service! Satisfaction Guaranteed! Book is in NEW condition. Seller Inventory # 1420952366-2-1

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 7.65
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

James Weldon Johnson
Published by Digireads.com, United States (2016)
ISBN 10: 1420952366 ISBN 13: 9781420952360
New Paperback Quantity: 10
Seller:
Book Depository International
(London, United Kingdom)

Book Description Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. First published anonymously in 1912, "The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man" is James Weldon's Johnson fictional account of a young biracial man living in America during the second half of the 19th century and early part of the 20th century. The so-called "Ex-Colored" man makes his living as a jazz pianist playing ragtime music at a popular New York club. It is here that he catches the attention of a wealthy white gentleman who takes a curious interest in him and employs him to play at his parties. While he becomes friends with the man a feeling of subservience reminiscent of slavery prompts him to part ways. He travels to the south where he intends to work on his music in an attempt to glorify the artistry of his race. After witnessing a terribly horrific lynching he abandons his desire to embrace his black heritage opting instead to "pass" as a white man. "The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man" masterfully explores the complexity of race relations between whites and blacks in America and the search for racial identity by one of mixed ethnicity. Through the experiences of its unnamed protagonist the issues of class, race, and discrimination are discussed with an openness uncommon to literature of the time, and which would establish it as a pivotal work of the Harlem Renaissance. This edition is printed on premium acid-free paper. Seller Inventory # AAV9781420952360

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 8.89
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Seller Image

Johnson, James Weldon
Published by Digireads.com (2016)
ISBN 10: 1420952366 ISBN 13: 9781420952360
New Softcover Quantity: 5
Seller:
GreatBookPrices
(Columbia, MD, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: New. Seller Inventory # 25736229-n

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 7.55
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 2.64
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

Johnson, James Weldon
Published by Digireads.com 1/30/2016 (2016)
ISBN 10: 1420952366 ISBN 13: 9781420952360
New Paperback or Softback Quantity: 10
Seller:
BargainBookStores
(Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)

Book Description Paperback or Softback. Condition: New. The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man. Book. Seller Inventory # BBS-9781420952360

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 10.47
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

Johnson, James Weldon
Published by Digireads.com (2021)
ISBN 10: 1420952366 ISBN 13: 9781420952360
New Paperback Quantity: 20
Print on Demand
Seller:
Save With Sam
(North Miami, FL, U.S.A.)

Book Description Paperback. Condition: New. Brand New! This item is printed on demand. Seller Inventory # 1420952366

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 10.68
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

James Weldon Johnson
Published by Digireads.com (2016)
ISBN 10: 1420952366 ISBN 13: 9781420952360
New PAP Quantity: 15
Print on Demand
Seller:
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)

Book Description PAP. Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from UK. THIS BOOK IS PRINTED ON DEMAND. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # IQ-9781420952360

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 10.96
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Seller Image

Johnson, James Weldon
Published by Digireads.com (2016)
ISBN 10: 1420952366 ISBN 13: 9781420952360
New Softcover Quantity: 1
Seller:
My Books Store
(Tallahassee, FL, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: new. Book is in NEW condition. Satisfaction Guaranteed! Fast Customer Service!!. Seller Inventory # MBSN1420952366

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 8.17
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

Johnson, James Weldon
Published by Digireads.com (2016)
ISBN 10: 1420952366 ISBN 13: 9781420952360
New Paperback Quantity: > 20
Seller:
Russell Books
(Victoria, BC, Canada)

Book Description Paperback. Condition: New. Special order direct from the distributor. Seller Inventory # ING9781420952360

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 8.54
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 6.99
From Canada to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

Johnson, James Weldon
Published by Digireads.com (2017)
ISBN 10: 1420952366 ISBN 13: 9781420952360
New Softcover Quantity: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller:
Ria Christie Collections
(Uxbridge, United Kingdom)

Book Description Condition: New. PRINT ON DEMAND Book; New; Publication Year 2017; Fast Shipping from the UK. No. book. Seller Inventory # ria9781420952360_lsuk

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 12.42
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 9.60
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book