Pauline E. Hopkins: A Literary Biography (Hardback)Hanna Wallinger (author)
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Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Number of pages: 392
Weight: 662 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 31 mm
This is a much-needed and important contribution to scholarship on Hopkins and to the field of African American studies as a whole. The analysis of Hopkins's work in the theater and especially her contributions to early black theater is a welcome addition. Most importantly, Wallinger sheds valuable light on how Hopkins's better-known fiction is an extension of this earlier artistry and attention to black culture. This is the most thorough overview of Hopkins to date.--Sharon Harris "coeditor of Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers "
Building on the pioneering work of Ann Allen Shockley, Claudia Tate, and Lois Brown and engaging fully with recent criticism, Wallinger has written a long-overdue and well-organized biography of Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins, the most prolific African American woman writer and the most influential black literary editor of the first decade of the twentieth century. The book provides the first comprehensive and contextualized reading of Hopkins's career as a performer, playwright, journalist, editor, biographer, novelist, short story writer, and public speaker.--John Gruesser "author of Confluences: Postcolonialism, African American Literary Studies, and the Black Atlantic "
[Wallinger] deserves praise for the reification of Hopkins's image.--Journal of African American History
The strength of this biography is that it portrays Pauline Hopkins as a writer who invented as many opportunities as she was denied.--New England Quarterly
Hopkins used many mediums to share her opinions on the spirit of women and African Americans, from fiction to essays, including her connections to black nationalism, in its earliest years at the time. Pauline E. Hopkins is a strong addition to any literary studies collection focusing on early twentieth century African American writers.--Midwest Book Review
A long awaited and much needed resource for Hopkins scholars . . . Extremely valuable . . . Wallinger has drawn a winning portrait of the author and has met a vital need in Hopkins scholarship.--Legacy
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