At a glance:
- Author: David Levering Lewis
- First Published: 1993
- Type of Work: Biography
- Time of Work: 1868-1963
- Setting: United States; Europe; Africa
- Genres: Nonfiction, Biography
- Subjects: 1950's, African Americans, Civil rights, Segregation or integration, Pan-Africanism, 1960's, New York, United States or Americans, Africa or Africans, Intellectuals, Communism or communists, Racism, France or French people, Twentieth century, Europe or Europeans, New York City, Middle classes, Education or educators, 1940's, Paris, 1910's, 1920's, 1930's, Chicago, London, Reconstruction, Women's rights, Switzerland or Swiss people, Illinois, Belgium or Belgian people, Activism, England
- Locales: Ghana, Africa, France, Europe, United States, Paris, France, London, England, Switzerland, North America, Geneva, Switzerland, Belgium, Brussels, Belgium, New York, New York, United Kingdom, Chicago, Illinois
Form and Content
When David Levering Lewis initially decided to write a biography of W. E. B. Du Bois, he planned on producing a medium-length, one-volume work, a task that he expected to take about five years. As he became increasingly fascinated by Du Bois’s eventful, ninety-five-year-long life, however, the project itself became longer and longer, until it was finally published in two large volumes totaling 1,449 pages, with 232 pages devoted to documentation.
Growing up in a small town in western Massachusetts, Du Bois experienced some racism, but Lewis observes...
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