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James Weldon Johnson (1871–1938)

Autor(a) de The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man

33+ Works 3,807 Membros 62 Críticas 3 Favorited

About the Author

Born in Jacksonville Fla. in 1871, James Weldon Johnson was one of the leaders of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s. His career was varied and included periods as a teacher, lawyer, songwriter (with his brother J. Rosamond Johnson), and diplomat (as United States Consul to Puerto Cabello, mostrar mais Venezuela, from 1906 to 1909). Among his most famous writings are Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man, published anonymously in 1912, and God's Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse (1927), the winner of the Harmon Gold Award. He was also editor of several anthologies of African-American poetry and spirituals, and in 1933 his autobiography, Along This Way, was published. He served as Secretary to the NAACP from 1916 to 1930 and was a professor of literature at Fisk University in Nashville from 1930 until his death in 1938. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por James Weldon Johnson

Three Negro Classics (1901) 443 exemplares
Lift Every Voice and Sing (1605) 375 exemplares
James Weldon Johnson: Writings (2004) 201 exemplares
The Creation (1993) 192 exemplares
The Book of American Negro Poetry (1922) 142 exemplares
Black Manhattan (1940) 76 exemplares
The Books of the American Negro Spirituals (1940) — Editor — 65 exemplares

Associated Works

The New Negro: Voices of the Harlem Renaissance (1925) — Contribuidor — 441 exemplares
The Portable Harlem Renaissance Reader (1994) — Contribuidor — 408 exemplares
The Black Poets (1983) — Contribuidor — 360 exemplares
Baseball: A Literary Anthology (2002) — Contribuidor — 337 exemplares
Americans in Paris: A Literary Anthology (2004) — Contribuidor — 298 exemplares
Writing New York: A Literary Anthology (1998) — Contribuidor — 281 exemplares
African-American Poetry: An Anthology, 1773-1927 (1997) — Contribuidor — 251 exemplares
The Art of Losing (2010) — Contribuidor — 203 exemplares
World War I and America: Told by the Americans Who Lived It (1918) — Contribuidor — 197 exemplares
African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song (2020) — Contribuidor — 176 exemplares
American Religious Poems: An Anthology (2006) — Contribuidor — 163 exemplares
Let Nobody Turn Us Around: An African American Anthology (1999) — Contribuidor — 150 exemplares
The Vintage Book of African American Poetry (2000) — Contribuidor — 148 exemplares
Black on White: Black Writers on What It Means to Be White (1998) — Contribuidor — 119 exemplares
Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry (2009) — Contribuidor — 115 exemplares
Voices from the Harlem Renaissance (1976) — Contribuidor — 107 exemplares
The Literature of the American South: A Norton Anthology (1997) — Contribuidor — 98 exemplares
The 100 Best African American Poems (2010) — Contribuidor — 97 exemplares
The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Concise Edition (2003) — Contribuidor — 68 exemplares
Hokum: An Anthology of African-American Humor (2006) — Contribuidor — 66 exemplares
Trouble the Water: 250 Years of African American Poetry (1997) — Contribuidor — 56 exemplares
Soulscript: Afro-American Poetry (1970) — Contribuidor — 40 exemplares
I Hear a Symphony: African Americans Celebrate Love (1994) — Contribuidor — 33 exemplares
Graphic Classics: African-American Classics (2011) — Contribuidor — 31 exemplares
Bright Poems for Dark Days: An Anthology for Hope (2021) — Contribuidor — 10 exemplares
The Ethnic Image in Modern American Literature, 1900-1950 (1984) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar


Conhecimento Comum

Nome legal
Johnson, James Weldon
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Localização do túmulo
Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York, USA ([2733])
Local de nascimento
Jacksonville, Florida, USA
Local de falecimento
Wiscasset, Maine, USA
Causa da morte
car crash
Locais de residência
Jacksonville, Florida, USA
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
New York, New York, USA
Edwin M. Stanton School
Atlanta University (AB|1894)
Atlanta University, (AM|1904)
Columbia University (1902-05)
diplomat (mostrar todos 11)
Johnson, J. Rosamond (brother)
Johnson, Grace Nail (wife)
American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (charter member)
Academy of Political Science
Ethical Society
Civic Club
Phi Beta Sigma
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) (mostrar todos 16)
Stanton College Preparatory School (principal)
Fisk University (professor)
The Daily American (founder and editor)
Colored Republican Club (treasurer)
New York Age (editorial writer)
American Fund for Public Service (director)
Bar of the State of Florida
Stanton Central Grammar School for Negroes (teacher and principal)
Cole and the Johnson Brothers
New York University
Prémios e menções honrosas
Spingarn Medal (1925)
Julius Rosenwald Fund Grant
Honorary doctorate, Talladega College
Honorary doctorate, Howard University
U.S. Postal Service stamp
Feast Day, Episcopal Church (mostrar todos 9)
Spence Chair of Creative Literature at Fisk University
Harmon Gold Award (1928)
W. E. B. DuBois Prize (1933)



Young man -
Young man-
You’re never lonesome in Babylon.
You can always join a crowd in Babylon.
Young man -
Young man -
You can never be alone in Babylon,
Alone with your Jesus in Babylon.
You can never find a place, a lonesome place,
A lonesome place to go down on your knees,
And talk with your God, in Babylon.
You’re always in a crowd in Babylon.

- excerpt from The Prodigal Son
lelandleslie | 6 outras críticas | Feb 24, 2024 |
Independent reading level: 3rd grade
Awards: none
Starlight_Lattee | 5 outras críticas | Dec 7, 2022 |
Unexpected opening, then got boring as writer passes as white.

Even after witnessing the horrors of slavery mentality - burning a man alive,
he continued to pretend to be white and married a white woman and had children.

His regrets are strange.

The author wrote the words to "Lift Every Voice and Sing,"
and, along with his brother, lived in New York and wrote many Broadway tunes
as he became a leader in the Harlem Renaissance.
m.belljackson | 1 outra crítica | Sep 6, 2022 |
This book is a work of art, illustrated with linocut prints by Elizabeth Catlett. The introduction gives biographical information on the artist, poet and composer, as well as a history of the song known as the African American National Anthem. The Johnsons were principal and music teacher and created the song for a program celebrating Abraham Lincoln's birthday. The original titles of the prints are listed. The score is included.
VillageProject | 5 outras críticas | Sep 5, 2022 |



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