Henry Louis Gates, Jr: A Biography

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ABC-CLIO, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 188 pages

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: A Biography is the first comprehensive volume about a man hailed as one of America's most influential scholars. Tracing Gates's life from his West Virginia birth, the book follows him through his undergraduate education at Yale and then to Cambridge, where he became the first African American to receive a doctorate. His current activities as a Harvard University professor, director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, and editor-in-chief of TheRoot.com, a daily, online magazine focusing on issues of interest to the African American community, are explored as well.

The biography also provides insights into Gates's groundbreaking work as a critic, scholar, and author, probing his wide-ranging interests, his many accomplishments, and his invaluable revelations about the contributions of African Americans to the nation's literature and history. Most important, the book provides readers with a fuller understanding of African American history and literature--and of the nature of today's racial politics.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Sepia Time
1
Chapter 2 School Days
17
Chapter 3 Directions to Destiny
31
Chapter 4 A Quest for Identity
47
Chapter 5 New Directions
63
Chapter 6 Taking Back the Past
79
Chapter 7 The Literary Archaeologist
93
Chapter 8 Building a Dream
111
Chapter 9 Academostar
129
Chapter 10 You Cant Do Everything
149
Selected Bibliography
171
Index
179
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