Playing in the Dark

Kobo ebook | July 24, 2007

byToni Morrison

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Beloved and Jazz now gives us a learned, stylish, and immensely persuasive work of literary criticism that promises to change the way we read American literature even as it opens a new chapter in the American dialogue on race.

Toni Morrison's brilliant discussions of the "Africanist" presence in the fiction of Poe, Melville, Cather, and Hemingway leads to a dramatic reappraisal of the essential characteristics of our literary tradition. She shows how much the themes of freedom and individualism, manhood and innocence, depended on the existence of a black population that was manifestly unfree--and that came to serve white authors as embodiments of their own fears and desires.

Written with the artistic vision that has earned Toni Morrison a pre-eminent place in modern letters, Playing in the Dark will be avidly read by Morrison admirers as well as by students, critics, and scholars of American literature.

"By going for the American literary jugular...she places her arguments...at the very heart of contemporary public conversation about what it is to be authentically and originally American. [She] boldly...reimagines and remaps the possibility of America."
--Chicago Tribune

"Toni Morrison is the closest thing the country has to a national writer."
The New York Times Book Review


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The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Beloved and Jazz now gives us a learned, stylish, and immensely persuasive work of literary criticism that promises to change the way we read American literature even as it opens a new chapter in the American dialogue on race.Toni Morrison's brilliant discussions of the "Africanist" presence in the ...

Toni Morrison was born in Lorain, Ohio on February 18, 1931. She received a B.A. in English from Howard University in 1953 and a master's degree in English from Cornell University in 1955 with her thesis on the theme of suicide in modern literature. She taught at several universities including Texas Southern University, Howard Universi...

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Format:Kobo ebookPublished:July 24, 2007Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307388638

ISBN - 13:9780307388636

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Playing in the Dark A brilliantly illuminating examination of the portrayal of race in Euro-American literature. After reading this book, you will never see Hemmingway, Twain, Cather, Styron or any other writer in the same light again. By examining the subtle details, references, allusions and omissions of the classics, Morrison argues the necessity of adopting a new perspective when reading these works-one that is broader, better informed and more sensitive to the attitudes and times of their writers.
Date published: 1999-09-16