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Publisher's Summary

The distinguished American civil rights leader, W. E. B. DuBois first published these fiery essays, sketches, and poems individually in 1920 in the Atlantic, the Journal of Race Development, and other periodicals. Reflecting the author's ideas as a politician, historian, and artist, this volume has long moved and inspired readers with its militant cry for social, political, and economic reform. It is essential reading for all students of African American history.
©1999 Dover Publications (P)2014 Blackstone Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By Andre on 04-03-16


Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend the audiobook of Du Bois' "Darkwater" to a friend because it is his best book. I love his "Souls of Black Folk," but "Darkwater" took me into the uncharted territory of Du Bois interweaving essays, poetry, and short stories. His standout proto-feminist essay "The Damnation of Women" is one of the earliest and greatest feminist essays by a man and in the short story "The Comet" Du Bois writes a science fiction story that is both political and entertaining. I highly recommend "Darkwater" as THE Du Bois book to give to friends.

What other book might you compare Darkwater to and why?

"Darkwater" has no other comparison. It is singular in a class by itself. It is even better than Hemingway's first book "Three Stories and Ten Poems." In "Darkwater," Du Bois is at the top of his game as a deep, creative thinker.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not listened to any of the five narrators’s other performances before, but they did a masterful job in switching off to perform essays, stories, and poetry as if they were their own thoughts and words. I heard Du Bois' mind at work.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I want to listen to this book all in one sitting. It is deep, meandering, but with a sharp focus. It is not widely known that Du Bois wrote poetry and short stories. As a poet and short story writer myself, I cheered to read the little known work of this master writer.

Any additional comments?

Do not stop at reading Du Bois' "The Souls of Black Folk." Read his "Darkwater" as well. If given a choice, I would choose "Darkwater" over "Souls." It is fun, creative, and political. I sense and grasp this man in his entirety when I listen to "Darkwater."

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5 out of 5 stars
By David M. Luna on 03-24-16


He was writing 100 years ago, but the brilliance of Du Bois is absolutely relevant today. Breathtaking work!

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