- Title: MEMPHIS DIARY OF I B W (Black Women Writer Series)
- Author: Miriam Decosta-Willis
- Released: 1995-01-01
- Pages: 214
- ISBN: 0807070645
- ISBN13: 978-0807070642
- ASIN: 0807070645
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From Library Journal DeCosta-Willis (African American studies, Univ. of Maryland-Baltimore County) has done a superb job of editing this remarkable document. Wells, the noted black journalist, author, and antilynching activist, kept a detailed personal diary while living in Memphis between 1885 and 1887. In it we see an articulate young woman coming to terms with her professional ambitions, her race, and her sexuality. Perhaps the most fascinating passages treat her relations with men and her often acerbic assessments of them. This volume also includes Wells's shorter 1893 travel diary and 1930 Chicago diary as well as selections from her published writing. A very important original source for anyone interested in African American and women's history.
Anthony O. Edmonds, Ball State Univ., Muncie, Ind.
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