Friday, May 17, 2013

Literary Classics by Darkinboddy Editions!

As you all know, I am a voracious lover of literature and history. I am also working on a literary project in conjunction with The Darkinboddy Chronicles. It's called Darkinboddy Editions, and it is my publishing company, which focuses on publishing novels, essays, and short stories by 19th and early 20th century American authors. These particular editions constitute part of my larger mission to introduce modern readers to important literary and historical texts. The first available works, Frederick Douglass's The Heroic Slave and Other Tales of Madison Washington and Nella Larsen's Passing, are available for sale through the Darkinboddy Chronicles website and on You can read descriptions of the first two releases below. 

Nella Larsen’s 1929 Harlem Renaissance novel, Passing, is a modernist masterpiece which resists categorization. Viewed as a comedy of manners, a domestic drama, a murder mystery, as well as a “race” novel, Larsen’s narrative crosses boundaries of genre and offers insights into the gender, racial, and class concerns of the black bourgeoisie in the early decades of the 20th century. Irene Redfield, an upper middle-class African American woman, finds her tightly-controlled domestic sphere is turned topsy-turvy by the sudden reappearance of her childhood friend, the seductive and enigmatic Clare Kendry, as both are drawn into a fascinating world of racial masquerades and illicit affairs.  

Paperback $6.95 click here!  
Kindle $2.50 click here!

The Heroic Slave, written by Frederick Douglass (ca. 1818-1895) at the behest of the Rochester Ladies’ Anti-Slavery Society and published in 1853, brings to life one of our greatest American heroes, Madison Washington, the leader of the successful 1841 slave revolt on board the slave ship Creole. It is the only work of fiction Douglass ever wrote.  Also included in this volume: William Wells Brown’s 1863 eponymous biographical tribute, and a 1901 retelling of the tale by Pauline E. Hopkins, titled “A Dash for Liberty.” 

Paperback $4.95 click here!    
Kindle $1.95 click here!

Also forthcoming: 

Frederick Douglass on Freedom, Feminism, and Equality
Frederick Douglass

 Our Nig
Harriet E. Wilson

 Iola Leroy, or Shadows Uplifted
Frances E. W. Harper

Black Radicalism in the 19th Century: Essays and Speeches
Lucy Parsons, Timothy Thomas Fortune, and Others

 The Mulatto and Other Ambiguities of Race
Victor Séjour, Charles W. Chesnutt, Pauline E. Hopkins, and Others

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