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1920

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

Princess Wata

A short tale about a Princess Wata who marries the suitor not of her parents' choosing, and her subsequent escape back to her father's kingdom as she realizes her husband is slowly turning into a beast; and she "never again wanted to marry a strange prince."

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-i082.

W. E. B. Du Bois Papers

1955

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

The black river [fragments]

Loose fragments of 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 o... more

W. E. B. Du Bois Papers

1955

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

The black river

A 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 experience. ... more

W. E. B. Du Bois Papers

1906

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

The crucifixion of God the king

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

1920

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

The exacting playmates a Gola story

A tale about an exacting playmate who gets gobbled by a "'doosoo,' or bugaboo man," as punishment from making his friend retrieve from the belly of a fish a certain set of beads dropped in the river.

W. E. B. Du Bois Papers

1920

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

The man from the sky

A short fable about a man named Sejeo, who one day "came to the earth to cut palm nuts" and ended up inciting a "war among the beasts and birds and never has it ceased."

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

1955

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

The black river

A 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 experience. ... more

W. E. B. Du Bois Papers

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