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Eslanda: The Large and Unconventional Life of Mrs. Paul Robeson
Eslanda "Essie" Cardozo Goode Robeson lived a colorful and amazing life. Her career and commitments took her many places: colonial Africa in 1936, the front lines of the Spanish Civil War, the founding meeting of the United Nations, Nazi-occupied Berlin, Stalin's Russia, and China two months after Mao's revolution. She was a woman of unusual accomplishment—an anthropologis ...more
Hardcover, 424 pages
Published January 8th 2013 by Yale University Press
(first published December 3rd 2012)
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Essie Goode Robeson led a 20th century life of activism, writing, travel and the arts. She faced many personal challenges as the spouse and sometime manager of actor-singer Paul Robeson. As African American political radicals with a global reputation, both faced persecution during the 1950's Red Scare. Barbara Ransby did meticulous research for the book and was successful in placing Essie Good Robeson's life in a larger context. Essie Good Robeson developed into what we would call today an "inte ...more
I loved the history and people who were incorporated into this story of a fascinating woman, Eslanda Robeson. The author certainly proved Eslanda stood as her own groundbreaking figure. She took her own education and training into national and international politics of the 20th Century, while managing the career of her world-famous history. Their marriage and politics and success were all complicated but that made the story all the more engrossing.
I enjoyed getting to know Eslanda. The story is well written. I think her life is so interwoven with her husband that he get more than an equal share of this book. She was a bright light to a man that was often depressed. I loved her can -do attitude. I would have liked to have had a passage that stated what her son felt about his parents life.