The most neglected period in African American literature is the turn of the twentieth century--what falls between the pre-Civil War writings of Frederick Douglass, Harriet Jacobs, and others and the even more celebrated writings of the Harlem Renaissance. Even among fans of this period, though, this novel by Pauline Hopkins often slips through the cracks and is neglected in favor of Hopkins' admittedly better and more important "Contending Forces."
But this brief novel is a trip well worth taking--a blend of conjure and psychology, jubilee singing and Pan-African romanticism. I don't want to give away the twists and turns of the plot too much, but I should say that this is an adventure story. Even though it deals with the substantive issues of its era, "[Of] One Blood" is not as bound by musty conventions of so-called "realistic" behavior and setting as many other novels of this period are. Love it or hate it, by the time you finish it, you will have to admit it that it is imaginative.
Of One Blood; or The Hidden Self (AmazonClassics Edition) Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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|Listening Length||6 hours and 33 minutes|
|Author||Pauline E. Hopkins|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||06 July 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank||
173,639 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
2,157 in Black & African American Women's Fiction (Books)
5,602 in Classic Literature
6,454 in Literary Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
4.8 out of 5
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