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1955

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

Mr. Hedley's option

Lawyer John Weston and his schoolteacher girlfriend Mary swiftly solve two murders, unraveling an intrigue surrounding the trade of a real estate option and the wealth a nephew (Frank) stands to gain from the uncle (Hedley) killed not by him himself, but by his car; Frank regains his innocence, but loses all financial prospects, and his fiancé.

W. E. B. Du Bois Papers

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

1906

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

Plot of a story [notes]

Notes on a story about a young colored real estate agent, a client he is working for, and the dilemma they both face as a result.

W. E. B. Du Bois Papers

1906

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

Down to Jericho

Atlanta (Ga.) - A beaten-down entrepreneur gets advice from a Pullman porter and tackles the automobile trust that had previously robbed him of his idea and according patent, finding love on the way, and by train no less. See mums312-b236-i039 through i041 for alternate drafts; i042 for outline.

W. E. B. Du Bois Papers

1906

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

The Java plot

A stranger of ambiguous race describes plans to finance native revolts in the colonies; our skeptical first-person narrator converses with him, plans to double-cross him, and years later, sees no fruits from his scheme. Previously called "The Congo Plot"; see mums312-b236-i046.

W. E. B. Du Bois Papers

1955

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

The necklace of emeralds

A man tries hard not to fall for a cunning and stunning jewel smuggler over dinner, as two policemen look on, and she explains her smuggling intrigue, her ideas on marriage, and her mysterious and criminal past.

W. E. B. Du Bois Papers

1906

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

Reform [outline]

Choppy outline of a tale in which a father lays out for his son the blatantly ill prospects for social reform in Louisiana.

W. E. B. Du Bois Papers

1906

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

Poor boo and the boo-daddy [notes]

Rather sparse notes on the sequence of events in this mysterious tale involving an emissary, a cinema, and a demon.

W. E. B. Du Bois Papers

1905

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

The Princess Steel

Previously titled "The Megascope; a tale of tales," a fabulous tale of a "crank" sociologist who's invented a megascope through which to see "the Far Great and the Near Small but not the Great Near"; and an encounter with a Princess Steel and other fantastical characters only seen or heard by the husband. This version bears some editorial corrections by Du Bois. See also mums31... more

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