Mary, Wayfarer: An Autobiography

by Mary E. Mebane

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

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Continuing the candid autobiography begun in Mary, this book is an uncompromising account of what it was like to be black, highly educated, and independent in the South during the 1950s and 1960s. Mary Mebane recounts her years as a high school teacher, college instructor, Ph.D. student, and finally, professor. Despite her achievements, she believes that she will never really be accepted in any community, black or white.

Mary, Wayfarer chronicles Mebane''s struggle to create meaning in her life, her pride as a participant in and observer of the black freedom struggle, her encounters with such important figures as Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, and Malcolm X, and her joy upon finally discovering what she calls the gulf stream of her life, writing.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 240 Pages, 5.51 × 8.27 × 0.39 in

Published: March 1, 1999

Publisher: University of North Carolina Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0807848220

ISBN - 13: 9780807848227

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Mary, Wayfarer: An Autobiography

by Mary E. Mebane

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 240 Pages, 5.51 × 8.27 × 0.39 in

Published: March 1, 1999

Publisher: University of North Carolina Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0807848220

ISBN - 13: 9780807848227

About the Book

Continuing the candid autobiography begun in "Mary," this book is an uncompromising account of what it was like to be black, highly educated, and independent in the South during the 1950s and 1960s. Mary Mebane recounts her years as a high school teacher, college instructor, Ph.D. student, and finally, professor. Despite her achievements, she believes that she will never really be accepted in any community, black or white.

"Mary, Wayfarer" chronicles Mebane's struggle to create meaning in her life, her pride as a participant in and observer of the black freedom struggle, her encounters with such important figures as Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, and Malcolm X, and her joy upon finally discovering what she calls "the gulf stream" of her life, writing.

From the Publisher

Continuing the candid autobiography begun in Mary, this book is an uncompromising account of what it was like to be black, highly educated, and independent in the South during the 1950s and 1960s. Mary Mebane recounts her years as a high school teacher, college instructor, Ph.D. student, and finally, professor. Despite her achievements, she believes that she will never really be accepted in any community, black or white.

Mary, Wayfarer chronicles Mebane''s struggle to create meaning in her life, her pride as a participant in and observer of the black freedom struggle, her encounters with such important figures as Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, and Malcolm X, and her joy upon finally discovering what she calls the gulf stream of her life, writing.

From the Jacket

Continuing the candid autobiography begun in Mary, this book is an uncompromising account of what it was like to be black, highly educated, and independent in the South during the 1950s and 1960s. Mary Mebane recounts her years as a high school teacher, college instructor, Ph.D. student, and finally, professor, her encounters with such important figures as Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, and Malcolm X, and her joy upon finally discovering what she calls the gulf stream of her life, writing.

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 theNew York Times.

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[Mebane''s story is] told honestly and poignantly.

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