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Johnson, James Weldon 1871-1938

Overview
Works: 844 works in 2,400 publications in 4 languages and 60,135 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Biographies  Juvenile works  Music  Fiction  History  Literature  Songs  Spirituals (Songs)  Religious poetry 
Roles: Author, Editor, Arranger, Translator, Lyricist, Narrator, Other, Composer, Contributor, Librettist, Performer, Bibliographic antecedent, Illustrator, Compiler, Creator, Correspondent
Classifications: PS3519.O2625, 811.52
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God's trombones : seven negro sermons in verse by James Weldon Johnson( Book )

92 editions published between 1927 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 3,203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seven sermons in verse inspired by memories of sermons by black preachers heard by Mr. Johnson in childhood
The autobiography of an ex-colored man by James Weldon Johnson( )

103 editions published between 1912 and 2020 in English and held by 3,159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Originally published in 1912, this novel was one of the first to present a frank picture of being black in America. Masked in the tradition of the literary confession practiced by such writers as St. Augustine and Rousseau, this "autobiography" purports to be a candid account of its narrator's private views and feelings as well as an acknowledgement of the central secret of his life: that though he lives as a white man, he is, by heritage and experience, an African-American. Written by the first black executive secretary of the NAACP, The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man, in its depiction of turn-of-the-century New York, anticipates the social realism of the Harlem Renaissance writers. In its unprecedented analysis of the social causes of a black man's denial of the best within himself, it is perhaps James Weldon Johnson's greatest service to his race. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. — Publisher description
The book of American Negro poetry by James Weldon Johnson( Book )

77 editions published between 1922 and 2017 in English and held by 3,037 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel on the Spanish-American War featuring adventurer Ben Tyler, an Arizona horse dealer. Just as he arrives in Cuba with a shipment of guns and horses, war breaks out. To get his money, he is sucked into fighting between Spain, the U.S. and Cuban revolutionaries seeking independence from both
American poetry : the twentieth century( Book )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 2,350 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains over 1500 poems by more than 200 well-known American poets, including Langston Hughes, T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Robert Frost, and Wallace Stevens
The autobiography of an ex-coloured man by James Weldon Johnson( Book )

100 editions published between 1912 and 2019 in 3 languages and held by 2,348 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Influential fictional study of a Negro who decides to pass for white. First published, anonymously, in 1912
Black Manhattan by James Weldon Johnson( Book )

67 editions published between 1930 and 2020 in 3 languages and held by 1,882 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

<DIV>In this classic work, first published in 1930, James Weldon Johnson, one of the leading lights of the Harlem Renaissance, combined the skills of the historian, social scientist, and the reporter to trace the New York black experience from the earliest settlements on Chatham Square during the pre-revolutionary period to the triumphant achievements of Harlem in the 1920s. But <I>Black Manhattan</I> is by no means simply history; It illuminates Johnson and his contributions to both black literature and black organizations; it provides us with an intimate account of the black theatrical and musical world of which Johnson had been a part; and it raises searching questions about the black people's struggle to find their identity. <I>Black Manhattan</I> remains one of the essential books on the black American experience, losing none of its resonance and value after many decades.</Div>
The Creation by James Weldon Johnson( Book )

9 editions published between 1974 and 2018 in English and held by 1,618 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A poem based on the story of creation from the first book of the Bible
The Books of American Negro spirituals : including The book of American Negro spirituals and the second book of Negro spirituals by James Weldon Johnson( )

68 editions published between 1925 and 1989 in 3 languages and held by 1,589 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lift every voice and sing by James Weldon Johnson( Book )

18 editions published between 1920 and 2019 in English and held by 1,215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An illustrated version of the song that has come to be considered the African American national anthem
Writings : the autobiography of an ex-colored man ; Along this way ; New York Age editorials ; Selected essays ; Black Manhattan ; Selected poems by James Weldon Johnson( Book )

11 editions published between 1984 and 2004 in English and held by 1,207 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

James Weldon Johnson's career was one of extraordinary range, spanning the worlds of diplomacy (as U.S. consul in Venezuela and Nicaragua), politics (as Secretary of the NAACP), journalism (as founder of one newspaper and longtime editor of another), musical theater (as lyricist for the Broadway songwriting team of Cole and Johnson Brothers), and literature (as novelist, poet, and anthologist). At the dawning of what would become the modern civil rights movement, he forged a record of accomplishment that defied the odds. The Library of America now presents a collection of his writings that displays the many facets of a complex and impassioned writer. The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man (1912), Johnson's first book, is a novel which on its original anonymous publication was taken by many for an actual memoir. A groundbreaking work of modern fiction, it powerfully describes the inner development of a gifted, socially alienated man as he tries to come to terms with the constraints of racism. Along This Way (1933) is Johnson's genial and enthralling account of his fantastically busy life, with a cast of characters including W.E.B. Du Bois, Paul Robeson, Clarence Darrow, Booker T. Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, Carl Van Vechten, and many others. A selection of shorter prose -- editorials from The New York Age, political essays, literary prefaces, an excerpt from the historical study Black Manhattan -- confirms the variety of Johnson's interests, as he comments on figures and topics including Jack Johnson, Marcus Garvey, Woodrow Wilson, lynching, anti-Japanese discrimination in California, American involvement in Haiti, changing trends in theater and poetry, and the significance of spirituals. Johnson's poetry is represented by the full text of God's Trombones (1927), his stirring homage to African-American preaching, and shorter works including "O Black and Unknown Bards," lyrics from Johnson's Broadway songwriting days, and "Lift Every Voice and Sing," the hymn often referred to as the "Negro National Anthem."
The book of American Negro poetry : chosen and edited, with an essay on the Negro's creative genius by James Weldon Johnson( )

28 editions published between 1901 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 890 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The 31 representative poets in this anthology of 177 works inspired the Harlem Renaiisance generation to establish firmly an African-American literary tradition in the United States
Negro Americans, what now? by James Weldon Johnson( Book )

21 editions published between 1934 and 1975 in English and Undetermined and held by 778 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lift ev'ry voice and sing by James Weldon Johnson( Book )

6 editions published between 1994 and 2002 in English and held by 720 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An illustrated version of the song that has come to be considered the African American national anthem
Children's literature for dramatization : an anthology by Geraldine Brain Siks( Book )

1 edition published in 1964 in English and held by 686 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dramatic stories and verse are collected for performance by children
Fifty years & other poems by James Weldon Johnson( Book )

32 editions published between 1917 and 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 675 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Between the stately nationalist anthems and whimsical "jingles and croons" that open and close this book is a sequence of lamentations about loss, betrayal, failure, and isolation, culminating in a poem about lynching. The sequence --"O, Southland!," "The Black Mammy," "Father, Father Abraham," "Fragment," "The White Witch," and "Mother Night"--Ends with the highly stylized "Brothers," in which a victim is burned to death. Fifty Years and Other Poems (1917) was the first book of poetry published by James Weldon Johnson. The book collected poetry that Johnson had been writing since his years as a student at Atlanta University. Lynching was a frequent theme in Johnson's prolific work, including in his famous novel The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man. Johnson was not only an€author and poet, but also a€politician, diplomat, critic, journalist, poet, anthologist, educator, lawyer, songwriter, and early civil rights€activist. He is remembered best for his leadership within the NAACP, as well as for his writing, which includes novels, poems, and collections of folklore. He is also the lyricist of what is often called the "African American National Anthem": "Lift Every Voice and Sing."
The selected writings of James Weldon Johnson by James Weldon Johnson( Book )

3 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 613 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The book of American Negro spirituals by James Weldon Johnson( )

28 editions published between 1925 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 593 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In two elegant and masterly prefaces, James Weldon Johnson discusses the origin and history of more than 120 of the most significant spirituals known. Favorites like "Swing Low Sweet Chariot," "Deep River," and "Go Down, Moses" are arranged for voice and piano by his brother, J. Rosamond Johnson, and considered within their African tradition
Saint Peter relates an incident : selected poems by James Weldon Johnson( Book )

22 editions published between 1935 and 1993 in English and Undetermined and held by 578 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

God's trombones by Gordon Myers( )

7 editions published between 1995 and 2018 in English and held by 577 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Complete poems by James Weldon Johnson( Book )

6 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 563 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents the complete poems of twentieth-century African-American author James Weldon Johnson, including all the poems from his three published works, as well as a number of previously unpublished poems
 
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The autobiography of an ex-colored manThe book of American Negro poetryAmerican poetry : the twentieth centuryThe autobiography of an ex-coloured manBlack ManhattanThe CreationThe Books of American Negro spirituals : including The book of American Negro spirituals and the second book of Negro spiritualsLift every voice and sing
Alternative Names
James W. Johnson

James Weldon Johnson

James Weldon Johnson Amerikaans schrijver (1871-1938)

James Weldon Johnson amerikansk poet och författare

James Weldon Johnson amerikansk poet og skribent

James Weldon Johnson Militant, écrivain, poète afro-américain

James Weldon Johnson scrittore e poeta statunitense

James Weldon Johnson US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller, Diplomat, Kritiker, Zeitungsgründer und -herausgeber

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Weldon Johnson, James 1871-1938

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Ҷеймс Уелдон Ҷонсон

ג'יימס ולדון ג'ונסון

جيمس جونسون

جيمس جونسون (دبلوماسى)

جیمز ولتون جانسون

존슨, 제임스 웰든 1871-1938

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詹姆斯·韦尔登·约翰逊

Languages
English (830)

German (3)

Spanish (2)

Italian (1)