Book , Print in English

Negroland : a memoir

Margo Jefferson.
  • New York : Pantheon Books, [2015]
  • First edition.
  • 248 pages ; 23 cm
Subjects
Genre
  • Autobiographies.
Summary
  • "At once incendiary and icy, mischievous, and provocative, celebratory and elegiac, a deeply felt meditation on race, sex, and American culture through the prism of the author's rarefied upbringing and education among a black elite concerned to distance itself from whites and the black generality, while tirelessly measuring itself against both. Born in 1947 in upper-crust black Chicago--her father was for years head of pediatrics at Provident, at the time the nation's oldest black hospital; her mother was a socialite--Margo Jefferson has spent most of her life among (call them what you will) the colored aristocracy, the colored elite, the blue-vein society. Since the nineteenth century they have stood apart, these inhabitants of Negroland, "a small region of Negro America where residents were sheltered by a certain amount of privilege and plenty." Reckoning with the strictures and demands of Negroland at crucial historical moments--the civil rights movement, the dawn of feminism, the fallacy of post-racial America--Jefferson brilliantly charts the twists and turns of a life informed by psychological and moral contradictions. Aware as it is of heart-wrenching despair and depression, this book is a triumphant paean to the grace of perseverance. (With 8 pages of black-and-white illustrations.)"--
Other information
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-248).
  • Awards: National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography, 2015.
  • OCLC
ISBN
  • 9780307378453
  • 0307378454
Identifying numbers
  • 40025241937
  • LCCN: 2015006843
  • OCLC: 898228286
  • OCLC: 898228286