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Published: 12 July 1990

336 Pages

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

ISBN: 9780195063240

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Iola Leroy

Or Shadows Uplifted

Frances E.W. Harper
Introduction by Frances Smith Foster

The Schomburg Library of Nineteenth-Century Black Women Writers

First published in 1892, Iola Leroy was probably the best-selling novel by an African-American writer prior to the twentieth century. Frances Harper had already gained an international reputation as a writer, lecturer, and political activist when Iola Leroy--her only novel--appeared, as evident by the sizable audience she enjoyed of men and women, black and white, in the U.S., Canada, and England. Her writings reveal her in-depth knowledge of African-American literature as well as of other literatures, and through this novel we can see the preferences and aesthetic assumptions of her nineteenth-century audience.


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