Mary: An Autobiography

by Mary E. Mebane

University of North Carolina Press | March 1, 1999 | Trade Paperback

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Born in rural North Carolina in 1933, into the last generation before the lines of segregation were broken, the young Mary Mebane felt herself trapped in a "world without options." But even in the face of poverty, racism, and the chilling certainty that her mother''s affection would never be won, she vowed to escape. In this powerful autobiography, Mebane recalls the joys and chores of her country childhood, the pain of her alienation from her family and community, and her dawning awareness that in her gifts for language and learning lay her key to freedom. With her graduation from college comes a triumph that is both hard-won and bittersweet.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 8.48 × 5.53 × 0.72 in

Published: March 1, 1999

Publisher: University of North Carolina Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0807848212

ISBN - 13: 9780807848210

Found in: Biography and Memoir

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Mary: An Autobiography

by Mary E. Mebane

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 8.48 × 5.53 × 0.72 in

Published: March 1, 1999

Publisher: University of North Carolina Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0807848212

ISBN - 13: 9780807848210

From the Publisher

Born in rural North Carolina in 1933, into the last generation before the lines of segregation were broken, the young Mary Mebane felt herself trapped in a "world without options." But even in the face of poverty, racism, and the chilling certainty that her mother''s affection would never be won, she vowed to escape. In this powerful autobiography, Mebane recalls the joys and chores of her country childhood, the pain of her alienation from her family and community, and her dawning awareness that in her gifts for language and learning lay her key to freedom. With her graduation from college comes a triumph that is both hard-won and bittersweet.

From the Jacket

In this powerful autobiography, first published in 1981, Mary Mebane recalls the joys and chores of her country childhood, the pain of her alienation from her family and community, and her dawning awareness that in her gifts for language and learning lay her key to freedom. With her graduation from college comes a triumph that is both hard-won and bittersweet.

About the Author

Mary E. Mebane (1933-1992) was a graduate of North Carolina College (now North Carolina Central University) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she earned a Ph.D. in English. She taught at the University of South Carolina and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and was also a frequent contributor to the op-ed page of the New York Times.

From Our Editors

Take a first-hand look at segregation and the plight of African-Americans with this stunning autobiography. In Mary, Mary E. Mebane shares her life growing up in rural North Carolina in the 1930s. In this world without options, Mebane recalls alienation from her family and community and her discovery that her key to freedom was in her gifts for language.

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What stays with me from Mebane''s book "Mary" are the descriptive passages about day to day life in the rural South .

Alice Walker

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