William Edward Burghardt Du Bois: The Quest of the Silver Fleece

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Already well known for The Souls of Black Folk and other works, W.E.B. Du Bois (1868-1963) published The Quest of the Silver Fleece in 1911. It was his first novel and became another of the various ways by which he challenged racial discrimination and social injustice over the span of his long career. Du Bois considered Quest to represent “The Future of the Negro” – the bibliographic heading under which he classified the novel in his book The Negro (1915). In 1940, Du Bois wrote that Quest “was really an economic study of some merit” (Dusk of Dawn).

Commentators, both contemporary and later, have noted that Quest is part of a tradition of books that …

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Williams, Robert W.. "The Quest of the Silver Fleece". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 29 December 2009
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