21 results found for: genres:"Fables"

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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

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

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 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

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

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 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