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Proudly featured in Oprah's Favorite Things 2015! This set showcases important works of the 19th and 20th century African American literary tradition. From Frederick Douglass’ Autobiographies to Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, these works of fiction and nonfiction reflect some of America’s most brilliant writing and incisive social commentary. The set is presented in custom jackets featuring a reproduction of “The Library,” a painting by African American artist Jacob Lawrence. The work is thought to depict the 135th Street Library in Harlem (now the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture) where Lawrence studied as a teenager. Includes 7 books with multiple works in each volume. The books are: The Collected Essays by James Baldwin, Autobiographies by Frederick Douglass, Writings by W.E.B. Du Bois, The Collected Autobiographies by Maya Angelou, Novels and Stories by Zora Neale Hurston, Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison, and Later Works by Richard Wright. Within these volumes are many classics including The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, and Black Boy by Richard Wright. "The Library" by Jacob Lawrence is used under license with The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
All books are brand new from the publishers, Library of America, Everyman’s Library, and Modern Library, with jackets designed and printed by Juniper Books on a special tear and water resistant paper.
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