Gallery view

1920

Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963

The cat and the dog

An allegory about a festive feast to which only horned animals are invited.

W. E. B. Du Bois Papers

1911

Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963

Jesus Christ in Georgia

A black convict is worked like a slave; attacks a white woman; and is mutilated and killed by a mob. This incomplete draft bears substantial editorial mark-up in Du Bois's pencilled hand. Printed in the December 1911 issue of the "Crisis," and again in "Darkwater," under the title, "Jesus Christ in Texas."

W. E. B. Du Bois Papers

1920

Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963

Ldela (Lizard and Pakena)

A short tale about a deal that goes sour between Pakena, a goat thief, and the lizard who saves him, only to receive twenty-five lashes, and lament, "And this is mankind's way?"

W. E. B. Du Bois Papers

1910

Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963

Fables from within the veil

A hand-scripted tale about a woman who is offered the choice between a black or white baby, and is forced to consider the "color" of the infant's soul.

W. E. B. Du Bois Papers

1955

Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963

The black river

A marine saga wherein a fish named Silver moves from brook, to river, to lake; discovers sex; learns the "fish-eat-fish" law of the land (water); encounters worms and other alien creatures; contemplates the existence of God; develops into "himself; a person, an entity; a self-propelling mind"; combats the Superfish; grows old and ugly; and relays the fruits of his exper... more

W. E. B. Du Bois Papers

1910

Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963

The cocoa trilogy

In the Cameroons, Iowa, and Bramwell Towers, hard workers, applied students, and decent persons suffer unsafe conditions, limited resources, and abusive labor environments; then they rise up, and are punished or killed. See mums312-b236-i035 for notes.

W. E. B. Du Bois Papers

1955

Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963

The black river

A marine saga wherein a fish named Silver moves from brook, to river, to lake; discovers sex; learns the "fish-eat-fish" law of the land (water); encounters worms and other alien creatures; contemplates the existence of God; develops into "himself; a person, an entity; a self-propelling mind"; combats the Superfish; grows old and ugly; and relays the fruits of his exper... more

W. E. B. Du Bois Papers

1914

Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963

The haunted hill

Notes on the scope of a tale in which a princess kisses a suitor in a distant but racially tense kingdom. See also mums312-b236-i029.

W. E. B. Du Bois Papers

1906

Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963

The crucifixion of God

A priest wanders into the forest and meets a mysterious figure who claims to be God; then Death; then converses on the nature of the relationship between these entities; and is at last crucified and made to bear a crown of thorns. See mums312-b236-i031, i032 for related manuscripts.

W. E. B. Du Bois Papers

1906

Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963

The crucifixion of God

A priest wanders into the forest and meets a mysterious figure who claims to be God; then Death; then converses on the nature of the relationship between these entities; and is at last crucified and made to bear a crown of thorns. See mums312-b236-i030, i032 for related manuscripts.

W. E. B. Du Bois Papers