Brotherman: The Odyssey of Black Men in America
Herb Boyd, Robert L. Allen
One World, 1996 - Literary Collections - 922 pages
"[AN] OUTSTANDING COLLECTION...
The powerful opening excerpt by Frederick Douglass evokes his boyhood as a slave, and the collection closes with an eloquent discussion of the race problem today by Cornel West. A distinguished addition to black studies".
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
The purpose of this extraordinary anthology is made abundantly clear by the editors' stated intention: "to create a living mosaic of essays and stories in which Black men can view themselves, and be viewed without distortion". In this, they have succeeded brilliantly. Brotherman contains more than one hundred and fifty selections, some never before published--from slave narratives, memoirs, social histories, novels, poems, short stories, biographies, autobiographies, position papers, and essays.
Brotherman books us passage to the world that Black men experience as adolescents, lovers, husbands, fathers, workers, warriors, and elders. On this journey they encounter pain, confusion, anger, and love while confronting the life-threatening issues of race, sex, and politics--often as strangers in a strange land. The first collection of its kind, Brotherman gathers together a multitude of voices that add a new, unforgettable chapter to American cultural identity.
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"Now, take a blotter from over there and blot each envelope after I'm through
writing on it," she instructed me, pointing to a blotter that stood about a foot from
my hand. I stared and did not move or answer. "Take the blotter," she said. I
wanted to ...
She runs her long (she has an extra long, extra red, extra active) tongue around
my cheeks, quickly licks my lips, but I am still a pompous dog ready to bark again,
when her hard, long, firm, hand intrudes in the soft, baggy, damp, hairy area of ...
I consoled myself believing this. When he rose I immediately rose too — a
defensive strategy, a precaution. "It's been good talking to you, brother. I'll think
about what you've said." He extended his hand to me just as the bus and the
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The editors' attempt to gather essays, poems, and segments of larger works as well as short stories covering every aspect of the black man in America--past, present, and future--explains this book's ... Read full review