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Colored People: A Memoir

Gates, Henry Louis Jr.

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ISBN 10: 0679421793 / ISBN 13: 9780679421795
Published by Knopf, 1994
Condition: Very Good In Dustjacket Hardcover
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New York. 1994. Knopf. 1st Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. 216 pages. May 1994. hardcover. HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR., was born and raised in Mineral County West Virginia. He graduated summa cum laude from Yale with a degree in history and was a London correspondent for Time magazine before receiving his Ph.D. m English from Cambridge University. He writes frequently for such publications as Harpers, The New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker, and The Village Voice; his books include FIGURES IN BLACK, THE SIGNIFYING MONKEY (for which he received an American Book Award), and LOOSE CANONS. He is now Professor of English and Chairman of Afro-American Studies at Harvard University. Jacket design by Michael Bierut/Pentagram. 0679421793. keywords: 41904. inventory # 19761. FROM THE PUBLISHER - In this rich memoir of his early life, the celebrated scholar and writer Henry Louis Gates, Jr., gives us an indelible portrait of a vanished America. Born in 1950, he grew up in Piedmont (population 2,565), a West Virginia town perched on the side of a hill in the Allegheny Mountains. He was raised in a small, intimate, middle-class Ďcoloredí community where secrets and haircuts were prime commodities and the major social event was the annual mill picnic. It was a time when the United States was just crossing the threshold into desegregation (the Piedmont schools were integrated the year before Gates entered first grade); when racial boundaries were constantly shifting and progress was measured primarily by the number of black faces that appeared on television. But Gatesís story is not only a story about race. It is the story of a family, of a village, and of a special time and place in American history. Gates vividly recalls the characters who peopled his childhood: from his first love, the bookworm Linda, to Uncle Earkie the Turkey, who shared his views on the opposite sex with whoever would listen, to his grandmother Big Mom, founder of the local Episcopal church, to the exuberant Reverend Monroe, who captured many a soul. And of course the person who had the greatest influence on young Skip, his mother - a fearless, determined woman who was famous for her delivery of eulogies at funerals, who was the first colored secretary of the Piedmont PTA, and who, as an older woman, triumphantly acquired the house where she had worked as a young girl. Through Gatesís memories and portraits of the people in his early life, be conveys a deep sense of and longing for the extended family and close community that was so much a part of an earlier America. Full of humor, thoughtful, and engaging, Gates has written a classic coming-of-age story that will inspire generations to come. Bookseller Inventory # 19761

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Title: Colored People: A Memoir

Publisher: Knopf

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good In Dustjacket

Edition: 1st Edition.

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From an American Book Award-winning author comes a pungent and poignant masterpiece of recollection that ushers readers into a now-vanished "colored" world and extends and deepens our sense of African-American history, even as it entrances us with its bravura storytelling.
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"Affecting, beautifully written and morally complex...The heart of the memoir is Gates' portrait of his family, and its placement in a black society whose strength, richness and self-confidence thrived in the darkness of segregation."--Richard Eder, The Los Angeles Times

"[Colored People] may well become a classic of American memoir."--The Boston Globe

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