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The Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Reader

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Educator, writer, critic, intellectual, film-maker—Henry Louis Gates, Jr., has been widely praised as being one of America's most prominent and prolific scholars. In what will be an essential volume, The Henry Louis Gates Reader collects three decades of writings from his many fields of interest and expertise.
From his earliest work of literary-historical excavation in 1982
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Hardcover, 656 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Civitas Books
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Eskay Wolfersperger
May 22, 2012 Eskay Wolfersperger rated it really liked it
A lot of this book--his reviews of other works and criticism--did not interest me, but his personal essays on his childhood, his biographical data of several people and his work on DNA was fascinating. I do recommend this book to people interested in the subject
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Gates, H. L. (2012). The Henry Louis Gates, Jr. reader. A. D. Wolf (Ed.). New York, NY: Basic Books.

SUMMARY: Another in the four-book series on race and race relations in the United States, this collection of essays, editorials, and interviews spans thirty years of the Harvard professor’s variegated career. Subjects addressed include the difficulty of tracing African-American genealogy, Gates’ efforts to recover lost African-American writings and to expand the American literary canon to include
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Jan 22, 2016 Lucas Johnson rated it really liked it
Mixed bag. Some of the articles are real treats, but there is a surprising amount of filler. I prefer his journalistic voice to the academic tone he occasionally takes. Clearly, if he had a position where he could lay aside the fluff, he has many good books and articles in him. The demands of Harvard require a falsity that holds back his perspicacity.
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Henry Louis Gates Jr. is a Professor of African and African-American Studies at Harvard University and Director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research. He is well-known as a literary critic, an editor of literature, and a proponent of black literature and black cultural studies.
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