W.E.B. Du Bois: Biography of a Race.
Rutgers University historian David Levering Lewis (an intellectual star in his own right, thanks to four previous books of superior quality, one of them a sparkling portrait of the Harlem Renaissance), shows himself to be altogether equal to the task of riding the great man's comet. This first of two volumes on Du Bois won the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for biography, and the paperback is due out in November. Lewis is a thorough and careful researcher with a sharp eye for significant detail. What's more, he has a gift for organizing a vast amount of material and presenting it in a readable and engaging style. History is never better--more enlightening, satisfying, inspiring--than when it flows from the mind and hand of a writer like Lewis. Du Bois is finally getting his due.
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|Date:||Oct 1, 1994|
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