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Description - Complete Poems by James Weldon Johnson

A comprehensive volume of writings by a seminal figure in African American literature and culture. This year marks the centenary of "Lift Every Voice and Sing", James Weldon Johnson's most famous lyric, now embraced as the Negro National Anthem. In celebration, this Penguin original presents all the poems from Johnson's published works - Fifty Years and Other Poems (1917), Gods Trombones (1927), and Saint Peter Relates an Incident of the Resurrection Day (1935) - along with a number of previously unpublished poems.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780141185453
ISBN-10: 0141185457
Format: Paperback / softback
(197mm x 130mm x 14mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Penguin Books Ltd
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - James Weldon Johnson

James Weldon Johnson was born in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1871. Among the first to break through the barriers segregating his race, he was educated at Atlanta University and at Columbia and was the first black admitted to the Florida bar. He was also, for a time, a songwriter in New York, American consul in Venezuela and Nicaragua, executive secretary of the NAACP, and professor of creative literature at Fisk Universityexperiences recorded in his autobiography, Along This Way. Other books by him include Saint Peter Relates an Incident, Black Manhattan, and God's Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse. In addition to his own writing, Johnson was the editor of pioneering anthologies of black American poetry and spirituals. He died in 1938."

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