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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

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

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

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

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 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

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