Guanya Pau: A Story of an African Princess

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Lauer & Mattill, 1891 - Tribes - 146 pages

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Guanya Pau has the distinction of being the first complete, novel-length work of fiction in English by an African author. As such, it is invaluable in terms of historical study, but the story itself ... Read full review

Guanya Pau: a story of an African princess

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This claims to be the first novel ever published in English by an African. Liberian-born Walters produced the novel in 1891 when studying in the United States. The plot follows the woes of title ... Read full review

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Page 34 - Though ye have lien among the pots, yet shall ye be as the wings of a dove covered with silver, and her feathers with yellow gold.
Page 30 - Ay, springes to catch woodcocks. I do know, When the blood burns, how prodigal the soul Lends the tongue vows...
Page 13 - Full many a gem of purest ray serene The dark unfathomed caves of ocean bear; Full many a flower is born to blush unseen, And waste its sweetness on the desert air.
Page 143 - That in the unreasoning progress of the world A wiser spirit is at work for us, A better eye than theirs, most prodigal Of blessings, and most studious of our good, Even in what seem our most unfruitful hours...
Page 1 - ... have so much repose in it, that we need begin early in exciting the mind, for fear of the man being too lethargical hereafter. EDUCATION OF WOMEN. IT seems needful that something should be said specially about the education of women. As regards their intellects they have been unkindly treated — too much flattered, too little respected. They are shut up in a world of conventionalities, and naturally believe that to be the only world. The theory of their education seems to be, that they should...
Page 87 - God made man in his own image, and after his own likeness ; and by another, that the image and likeness of God in men consists in knowledge, righteousness, and true holiness.
Page 35 - There is not in history the record of a single indigenous civilization ; there is nowhere, in any reliable document, the report of any people lifting themselves up out of barbarism. The historic civilizations are all exotic. The torches that blaze along the line of centuries were kindled, each by the one behind."* * Niebuhr.
Page 35 - Republic should live but in history, it may still be at least an asylum, where he that has wandered and wept from his childhood, shall again exult in the smoke of his village, and again * - ' Shall drink at noon The palm's rich nectar, and lie down at ere In the green pastures of remembered days, And walk, — to wander and to weep no more, — On Congo's mountain-coast or Gambia's golden shore.
Page 126 - it went on day after day, week after week, month after month, and year after year. I thought (and do so yet)' that there was nothing else in this world but Momo.
Page 122 - The truth is, men are ever exercising their prerogative to the letter, and we accept it without a question ; but as soon as we assert ours, they brand us with transcending our sphere. So long has woman been deceived that her condition seems to be organic, I may not even now succeed ; but, Jassah, the day will come, THE DAY WILL COME.

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