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The Resource Negroland : a memoir, Margo Jefferson

Negroland : a memoir, Margo Jefferson

Label
Negroland : a memoir
Title
Negroland
Title remainder
a memoir
Statement of responsibility
Margo Jefferson
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"At once incendiary and icy, mischievous, and provocative, celebratory and elegiac, a deeply felt meditation on race, sex, and American culture through the prism of the author's rarefied upbringing and education among a black elite concerned to distance itself from whites and the black generality, while tirelessly measuring itself against both. Born in 1947 in upper-crust black Chicago--her father was for years head of pediatrics at Provident, at the time the nation's oldest black hospital; her mother was a socialite--Margo Jefferson has spent most of her life among (call them what you will) the colored aristocracy, the colored elite, the blue-vein society. Since the nineteenth century they have stood apart, these inhabitants of Negroland, 'a small region of Negro America where residents were sheltered by a certain amount of privilege and plenty.' Reckoning with the strictures and demands of Negroland at crucial historical moments--the civil rights movement, the dawn of feminism, the fallacy of post-racial America--Jefferson brilliantly charts the twists and turns of a life informed by psychological and moral contradictions. Aware as it is of heart-wrenching despair and depression, this book is a triumphant paean to the grace of perseverance."--
Summary
A highly personal meditation on race, sex and American culture by the Pulitzer Prize-winning critic traces her upbringing and education in upper-class African-American circles against a backdrop of the Civil Rights era and its contradictory aftermath
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Award
  • National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography, 2015.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2015
Assigning source
Provided by publisher
Awards note
Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography, 2015.
Biography type
autobiography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10443392
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1947-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Jefferson, Margo
Dewey number
305.896/0730773110904
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
  • plates
  • photographs
Index
no index present
LC call number
F548.9.N4
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Jefferson, Margo
  • Jefferson family
  • African American women
  • African Americans
  • Elite (Social sciences)
  • African American girls
  • African Americans
  • Chicago (Ill.)
  • Chicago Region (Ill.)
  • Chicago Region (Ill.)
Target audience
adult
Label
Negroland : a memoir, Margo Jefferson
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First Vintage Books edition.
Extent
248 pages
Isbn
9780307473431
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
portraits, photographs
Label
Negroland : a memoir, Margo Jefferson
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First Vintage Books edition.
Extent
248 pages
Isbn
9780307473431
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
portraits, photographs

Library Locations

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      2478 Main Street, Bridgehampton, NY, 11932, US
      40.937413 -72.302398
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      815 Deer Park Ave, North Babylon, NY, 11703, US
      40.724609 -73.322287
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