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W.E.B. Du Bois

A Biography 1868-1963

David Levering Lewis

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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize (Volumes I & II)
Winner of the Bancroft Prize (Volume I)
Winner of the Francis Parkman Prize (Volume I)
National Book Award Finalist (Volumes I & II)
National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist (Volume I)

David Levering Lewis has carved one volume out of his superlative two-volume biography of William Edward Burghardt Du Bois, the premier architect of the civil rights movement in America, who set the standard for historical scholarship on this era. Du Bois was a towering and controversial personality, a fiercely proud individual blessed with the language of the poet and the impatience of the agitator. In his magisterial prose, Lewis chronicles Du Bois’s long and storied career, detailing the momentous contributions to our national character that still echo today.

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Postlude to The Future

The announcement of W.E.B. Du Bois’s death came just after Odetta finished singing, a mighty trumpet of a voice that had accompanied the nonviolent civil rights movement from early days. Roy Wilkins, executive secretary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), broke the news in his precise midwestern voice that always reminded you of a proper Protestant pastor or one of the older men behind the counter at Brooks Brothers. From late morning into mid-afternoon, the scalding sun and suffocating clamminess had exacted their

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“Splendid . . . A landmark of American scholarship. Lewis develops the most convincing portrayal ever written of Du Bois.”—The Washington Post

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  • David Levering Lewis

  • David Levering Lewis is the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of the two-volume biography of W. E. B. Du Bois. He has been awarded numerous prizes and fellowships, including a MacArthur Fellowship. Twice a finalist for the National Book Award, Lewis lives in Manhattan and Stanfordville, New York, with his wife.

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W.E.B. Du Bois

A Biography 1868-1963

David Levering Lewis

National Book Awards Finalist, Pulitzer Prize Winner

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