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W.E.B. Du Bois Papers

Series 14. Short Stories and Fables, 1895-1955

1.25 boxes (0.52 linear feet)

MS 312


W.E.B. Du Bois, 1907

W.E.B. Du Bois, 1907

The handwritten and typed manuscripts are in two groups: seven "fables" of one to two pages each, and some thirty- five longer short stories plus a few fragments. The earliest dated item is an 1895 story about Wilberforce University. Du Bois continued to write in this genre at least into the 1950s, when there are many stories signed "Bud Weisob," an anagram of his own name, perhaps an attempt to avoid the McCarthy era's blacklisting of known or suspected Communists. The great majority of the stories were never published.

The materials are arranged chronologically.