Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

The Essential Writings
James Weldon Johnson

£12.99

One of the leading voices of the Harlem Renaissance and a crucial literary figure of his time, James Weldon Johnson was also an editor, songwriter, founding member and leader of the NAACP, and the first African American to hold a diplomatic post as consul to Venezuela and Nicaragua. This comprehensive volume of Johnson’s works includes the seminal novel Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man, poems from God’s Trombones, essays on cultural and political topics, selections from Johnson’s autobiography, Along This Way, and two previously unpublished short plays: Do You Believe in Ghosts? and The Engineer. Featuring a chronology, bibliography, and a Foreword by acclaimed author Charles Johnson, this edition showcases the tremendous range of James Weldon Johnson’s writings and their considerable influence on American civic and cultural life.

Paperback, 322pp
Modern Library, 2008
ISBN 9780812975321