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At the Dusk of Dawn: Selected Poetry and Prose by Albery Allson Whitman. Boston. 2009. Northeastern University Press. hardcover. 331 pages. Jacket illustration: Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Edited by Ivy G. Wilson. Northeastern Library of Black Literature. 9781555537074.

 

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   Albery Allson Whitman (1851-1901), born the child of slaves in Kentucky, made his livelihood as a preacher in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. He also produced a prodigious amount of poetry. Many of these works--replete with 'mulatto' figures and vignettes about black, Native, and white subjects in the frontier spaces of the Midwest and Florida--prefigure current preoccupations in literary and cultural studies. This collection includes selections from all of his major narrative poems, along with other poems, letters, and a sermon. By collecting and republishing these works--many of which have been out of print for more than a century--this volume restores Whitman's standing as one of the most important post-Civil War African American writers.

 

 

Whitman Albery Allson

Albery Allson Whitman (1851-1901) was an African American poet, minister and orator. Born into slavery, Whitman created a successful career for himself as a writer, and during her lifetime was acclaimed as the 'Poet Laureate of the Negro Race'. Throughout his lifetime he worked as a manual laborer, school teacher, financial agent, fundraiser and pastor. He died in 1901 of pneumonia. Ivy G. Wilson is Assistant Professor of English at Northwestern University. He is the author of Specters of Democracy: Blackness and the Aesthetics of Nationalism..

 

 

Ivy G. Wilson is Assistant Professor of English at Northwestern University. He is the author of Specters of Democracy: Blackness and the Aesthetics of Nationalism.

 

 

 

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