Contending Forces: A Romance Illustrative of Negro Life North and South by Pauline E. HopkinsContending Forces: A Romance Illustrative of Negro Life North and South by Pauline E. Hopkins

Contending Forces: A Romance Illustrative of Negro Life North and South

byPauline E. HopkinsIntroduction byRichard Yarborough

Paperback | April 30, 1999

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In Contending Forces (1900), her best-known novel and her only work of fiction published in book form during her lifetime, Pauline Hopkins uses the conventions of the sentimental romance as she seeks to encourage social change. In its pages we encounter noble heroes and virtuous heroines,exotic settings, unsavory villains, melodramatic scenes, and a star-crossed love affair. Both an extraordinarily detailed examination of black life in nineteenth-century America and a richly textured and engrossing piece of fiction, Contending Forces remains one of the most important works producedby an African-American before World War I.
Richard Yarborough is at University of California, Los Angeles.
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Title:Contending Forces: A Romance Illustrative of Negro Life North and SouthFormat:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 4.61 × 6.42 × 1.3 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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In Contending Forces (1900), her best-known novel and her only work of fiction published in book form during her lifetime, Pauline Hopkins uses the conventions of the sentimental romance as she seeks to encourage social change.

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