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A Literary Life of Sutton E. Griggs

The Man on the Firing Line

John Cullen Gruesser

A Literary Life of Sutton E. Griggs

A Literary Life of Sutton E. Griggs

The Man on the Firing Line

A Literary Life of Sutton E. Griggs

 

A literary biography of the writer Sutton E. Griggs, who was one of the most prolific African American authors at the turn of the twentieth century, owned his own publishing company, and, as a pastor, played a leading role National Baptist Convention.


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Beschrijving A Literary Life of Sutton E. Griggs

Writing, publishing, and marketing five politically engaged novels that appeared between 1899 and 1908, Sutton E. Griggs (1872-1933) was among the most prolific African American authors at the turn of the twentieth century. In contrast to his Northern contemporaries Paul Laurence Dunbar and Charles Chesnutt, Griggs, as W. E. B. Du Bois remarked, "spoke primarily to the Negro race," using his own Nashville-based publishing company to produce four of his novels. Griggs
pastored Baptist churches in three Southern states and played a leading role in the influential but understudied National Baptist Convention. Until recently, little was known about the personal and professional life of this religious and community leader. Thus, critics could only contextualize his
literary texts to a limited degree and were forced to speculate about how he published them.

This literary biography, the first written about the author, draws extensively on primary sources and late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century periodicals, local and national, African American and white. A very different Sutton Griggs emerges from these materials—a dynamic figure who devoted himself to literature for a longer period and to a more profound extent than has ever been previously imagined but also someone who frequently found himself embroiled in controversy because of what he
said in his writings and the means he used to publish them. The book challenges currently held notions about the audience for, and the content, production, and dissemination of politically engaged US black fiction, altering the perception of the African American literature and print culture of the
period.


ISBN
9780192856319
Pagina's
272
Verschenen
NUR
320
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP Oxford

Literaire non-fictie