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AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE RUN (LITERATURE AND POETRY.) HOPKINS, PAULINE, Editor and contributor. The Colored American Magazine. January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, October and November of 1901. Copiously illustrated. Uniform 4to's, most retain their pictorial covers; some chipping and wear to the yapped edges; but generally in very good condition. Boston: The Colored Co-operative Publishing Company, 1901
an almost complete year's run of this rare and important periodical, partially edited, and with contributions by Pauline Hopkins, (1859-1930). Novelist, playwright, and journalist. Hopkins is considered a pioneer in her use of the romantic novel to explore social and racial themes. The first eight chapters of her novel "Hagar's Daughter" appear in these issues, written under her pseudonym, Sarah Allen. Nine parts of her series "Famous Men of the Negro Race" also appear in these issues, as well as Part I of "Famous Women of the Negro Race." Her short story 'Talma Gordon,' published in 1900, is often named as the first African American mystery story. Hopkins explored the difficulties faced by African-Americans in the racist atmosphere of post-Civil War America in her first novel, Contending Forces: A Romance Illustrative of Negro Life North and South, published by the Colored Co-operative in 1900. In all Hopkins published three serialized novels between 1901 and 1903 in the Colored American Magazine: Hagar's Daughter: A Story of Southern Caste Prejudice, Winona: A Tale of Negro Life in the South and Southwest, and Of One Blood: Or, The Hidden Self, under the pseudonym Sarah A. Allen.
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