God's Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse

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Viking Press, 1927 - African American preaching - 56 pages
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James Weldon Johnson was a leading figure of the Harlem Renaissance, and one of the most revered African Americans of all time, whose life demonstrated the full spectrum of struggle and success. In "Godas Trombones," one of his most celebrated works, inspirational sermons of African American preachers are reimagined as poetry, reverberating with the musicality and splendid eloquence of the spirituals. This classic collection includes aListen LordaA Prayer, a aThe Creation, a aThe Prodigal Son, a aGo Down DeathaA Funeral Sermon, a aNoah Built the Ark, a aThe Crucifixion, a aLet My People Go, a and aThe Judgment Day.a

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My interest in this volume of poems comes from a very vivid childhood memory of watching a broadcast performance of the music-dance version of "The Creation" - a very powerful work that left a very favorable impression of the writer's work. Read full review

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Excellent! This is a Penguin Classic, reprinted in 2008 from the original in 1927. It presents seven inspiring Negro sermons in verse. A thought-provoking statement comes from the Forward: “African ... Read full review

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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, 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.

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