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The Souls of Black Folk: With "The Talented Tenth" and "The Souls of White Folk" (Penguin Vitae)

A collectible hardcover edition of the landmark book about being black in America, featuring an introduction by Ibram X. Kendi, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of How to Be an Antiracist

A Penguin Classic

 
When The Souls of Black Folk was first published in 1903, it had a galvanizing effect on the conversation about race in America--and it remains both a touchstone in the literature of African America and a beacon in the fight for civil rights. Believing that one can know the "soul" of a race by knowing the souls of individuals, W. E. B. Du Bois combines history and stirring autobiography to reflect on the magnitude of American racism and to chart a path forward against oppression, and introduces the now-famous concepts of the color line, the veil, and double-consciousness.

Penguin Vitae--loosely translated as “Penguin of one’s life”--is a deluxe hardcover series from Penguin Classics celebrating a dynamic and diverse landscape of classic fiction and nonfiction from seventy-five years of classics publishing. Penguin Vitae provides readers with beautifully designed classics that have shaped the course of their lives, and welcomes new readers to discover these literary gifts of personal inspiration, intellectual engagement, and creative originality.

William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (1868-1963) was born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. A sociologist, historian, poet, and writer of several novels, Du Bois was one of the main founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. He was a lifelong critic of American society and an advocate of black people against racial injustice. He spent his last years in Ghana, where he died in exile at the age of ninety-five.

Ibram X. Kendi (introduction) is the author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers How to Be an Antiracist and, with Jason Reynolds, Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You; the New York Times bestseller Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, for which he became the youngest ever winner of the National Book Award for Nonfiction; and The Black Campus Movement, which won the W. E. B. Du Bois Book Prize. He is a contributing writer at The Atlantic and the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University.

ISBN: 9780143134435

ISBN-10: 9780143134435

Publisher: Penguin Classics

Publication Date: 02/02/2021 - 12:00am

On Sale: 02/02/2021 - 12:00am

Pages: 288

Categories

Biography & Autobiography / Cultural, Ethnic & Regional

Social Science / Ethnic Studies / African American Studies

Philosophy / History & Surveys / Modern