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James Weldon Johnson

Author Code: AJWJ

Born: Jun. 17, 1871 - Jacksonville, Florida, USA

Died: Jun. 26, 1938 - Wiscasset, Maine, USA

Educated at Atlanta University, Johnson received his degree in 1894. He then took the position of principal of Stanton school in Jacksonville. In 1897, he was admitted to the bar, the first African-American to do so in Florida. In 1899, he temporarily located to New York City with his brother, John Rosamond Johnson, where they collaborated on musical theatre. Returning to Florida, Johnson spent another two years as principal before resigning in 1902 to move permanently to New York. Together with his brother and songwriter Bob Cole, the trio enjoyed a great deal of success, but Johnson was more interested in literary pursuits. He took graduate courses at Columbia University and in 1906 was named consul to Puerto Cabella, Venezuela. In 1909, he was moved to Nicaragua, where he was married. In 1912, he published The Autobiography of An Ex-Colored Man, a novel in spite of the title, which enjoyed a reasonable amount of success. In 1913, he resigned his diplomatic post and returned to the U.S. where he worked as an editor for New York Age. His first collection of poetry, Fifty Years and Other Poems, appeared in 1917 to much critical acclaim. In 1920, he became the general secretary of the NAACP and dedicated much of his time over the next decade to furthering its cause. In 1933, he published his true autobiography, Along This Way. He was killed when his car was hit by a train near his summer home in Maine. His other works include The Book of American Negro Poetry (1922), The Book of American Negro Spirituals (1925), God's Trombone: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse (1927), Black Manhattan (1930) and Negro Americans, What Now? (1934).

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AJWJ001 The Autobiography of An Ex-Colored Man 1912 64 416k eBook Download PDF - 'The Autobiography of An Ex-Colored Man' (AJWJ001) Find a printed copy of The Autobiography of An Ex-Colored Man by James Weldon Johnson at AbeBooks
AJWJ002 Fifty Years and Other Poems
  To America
  Answer to Prayer
  The Awakening
  A Banjo Song
  Beauty That is Never Old
  Before A Painting
  The Black Mammy
  Brer Rabbit, You's De Cutes' of 'Em All
  Brothers
  The Color Sergeant
  Dat Gal O' Mine
  De Little Pickaninny's Gone to Sleep
  Deep in the Quiet Wood
  Down by the Carib Sea
  An Explanation
  Father, Father Abraham
  Fifty Years
  Fragment
  From the German of Uhland
  From the Spanish
  The Ghost of Deacon Brown
  Ghosts of the Old Year
  The Gift to Sing
  Girl of Fifteen
  The Glory of the Day Was in Her Face
  And the Greatest of These is War
  Her Eyes Twin Pools
  To Horace Bumstead
  I Hear the Stars Still Singing
  July in Georgy
  "Lazy"
  Life
  Ma Lady's Lips Am Like De Honey
  A Mid-day Dreamer
  Morning, Noon and Night
  Mother Night
  Nobody's Lookin' But De Owl and De Moon
  O Black and Unknown Bards
  O Southland!
  Omar
  A Plantation Bacchanal
  'Possum Song
  Prayer At Sunrise
  The Reward
  The Rivals
  The Seasons
  Sence You Went Away
  Sleep
  Sonnet
  The Suicide
  The Temptress
  Tunk
  Vashti
  Venus in A Garden
  Voluptas
  The White Witch
  The Word of An Engineer
  The Young Warrior
  You's Sweet to Yo' Mammy Jes De Same
1917 75 272k eBook Download PDF - 'Fifty Years and Other Poems' (AJWJ002) Find a printed copy of Fifty Years and Other Poems by James Weldon Johnson at AbeBooks

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