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1920

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

The bill-horn and the chameleon

A short fable in which a bill-horn and a chameleon argue over who was created first; the bill-horn prevails by lamenting that the "grave-like shell on his head" is the burial place of his late mother.

W. E. B. Du Bois Papers

1906

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

The jewel [fragment]

Fragment of a tale in which a porter tells of once receiving a fine jewel from a somnambulant passenger and the rather strange aftermath on a railroad trip to Atlanta, only to ultimately admit that he's embellished his tale, and that it is all true, except that part about "the jewel." See mums312-b236-i036, i037 for completed drafts; i054 for additional fragment.

W. E. B. Du Bois Papers

1920

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

Two brothers and their medicine horns

A short tale about two brothers who manage to rescue their kidnapped sister from a giant "doosoo" with plans to devour them all.

W. E. B. Du Bois Papers

1955

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

The murder of Samuel Greatley

A servant whose master has been murdered is taken on by a new household, only to learn that he is alive and well -- it is her own (ex)husband who is dead -- and ultimately settles down "to a quiet and beautiful life" with him, misleading a bunch of people. See mums312-b236-i011 for earlier draft.

W. E. B. Du Bois Papers