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Published: 09 May 1991

464 Pages | 7 halftones

4-5/8 x 6-1/2 inches

ISBN: 9780195067859

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Contending Forces

A Romance Illustrative of Negro Life North and South

Pauline E. Hopkins
Introduction by Richard Yarborough

The Schomburg Library of Nineteenth-Century Black Women Writers

In Contending Forces (1900), her best-known novel and her only work of fiction published in book form during her lifetime, Pauline Hopkins uses the conventions of the sentimental romance as she seeks to encourage social change. In its pages we encounter noble heroes and virtuous heroines, exotic settings, unsavory villains, melodramatic scenes, and a star-crossed love affair. Both an extraordinarily detailed examination of black life in nineteenth-century America and a richly textured and engrossing piece of fiction, Contending Forces remains one of the most important works produced by an African-American before World War I.