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The Undiscovered Paul Robeson, an Artist's Journey, 1898-1939

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Titel: The Undiscovered Paul Robeson, an Artist's Journey, 1898-1939
Autor/en: Paul Robeson

ISBN: 0471242659
EAN: 9780471242659
Sprache: Englisch.

März 2001 - gebunden - 400 Seiten

" Robeson . . . lives, overwhelmingly, in the hearts and minds of the people whom he touched, the people for whom he was an example, the people who gained from him the power to perceive and the courage to resist. It is not a sentimental question. He lived in our times, we live in his. . . . It is a matter of bearing witness to that force which moved among us." – James Baldwin Paul Robeson was inarguably one of the most important figures of the twentieth century. As this unprecedented biography makes clear, the essential facts of his public life are near legendary. Actor, singer, scholar, and activist— — Robeson dominated his era. His father was an escaped slave; his mother, a descendent of distinguished freedmen. With a law degree from Columbia University, a professional football career, title roles in Eugene O’ Neill’ s plays and in Shakespeare’ s Othello, and a concert and film career in America and Europe, Robeson redefined the black male image. But an intensely private side to Robeson is now revealed in these pages. At last, we can know the whole man. Here is the intimate story of how the preacher’ s son emerged as a force of breathtaking courage, principle, and compassion. Haunted by childhood trauma and pitted against brutal racists, he battled against his enemies and his demons with a warrior’ s heart. Although his youth spanned the Harlem Renaissance and the rise of the Ku Klux Klan, he resisted politics for years. Flowering as an artist in Europe, he emerged as a fierce symbol of anticolonial and antifascist struggles around the world. This was the Paul Robeson who returned to New York as a pioneering superstar, ready to challengeAmerica to keep its promise to his people. The Undiscovered Paul Robeson sets out to explore the connection between the artist’ s soul and the passions that ruled it. Layering decades of personal conversations, extensive research, and rich insights with pre
Preface: Paul Robeson: "I Am Myself". MOTHERLESS CHILD (1898-1919). The Preacher's Son (1898-1915). In His Glory: Robeson of Rutgers (1915-1919). DESTINY AND DECISION (1919-1926). Essie (1919-1921). A Taste of Theater (1922). The Performer Triumphs (1923-1924). Seeker of Grace (1925-1926). FROM PERFORMER TO ARTIST (1926-1932). "Ol' Man River" (1926-1928). "The Power to Create Beauty" (1928-1929). To Feed His Soul (1930). Troubled Spirit (1930-1931). Giver of Grace (1931-1932). TRIBUNE OF A CULTURE (1933-1936). Film and the Politics of Culture (1933-1934). Test Run: London-Moscow-Hollywood (1934-1935). White Film, Black Culture (1936). TO BE A PROPHET (1936-1939). Russia's Sun: Stalin's Shadow (1936-1937). Spain's Ramparts: "The Artist Must Elect" (1938). A Home in That Rock (1938-1939). Notes. Index.
PAUL ROBESON, Jr., is a freelance journalist, translator, and highly regarded lecturer on American and Russian history. He served as a personal aide to his father for over twenty years and has been a civil rights activist since the 1940s. He is the owner and archivist of the Paul Robeson and Eslanda Robeson Collection, which consists of over 50,000 items, including thousands of photographs and hundreds of audio recordings.
"This is an accomplished and moving memoir...he (Robeson, Jr.) restores the man to his rightful place as one of the most acclaimed people of the first half of the 20th century." (Boston Globe) "This version of his father's life is an important, well-wrought addition to African-American, Cold War and theater scholarship." (Publishers Weekly) "The author's ranging voice can be defensive, proud, protective, and bell-clear, and while he may not have the thunderous delivery of his father, his words come across as heartfelt." (Kirkus Reviews) "...this is a useful book..." (Black and Asian Studies Association Newsletter, April 2002)
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