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The Count of Monte Cristo
The Count of Monte Cristo

While confined in prison for a crime he has not committed, Edmond Dantes learns of treasure hidden on the Isle of Monte…

Black No More

The landmark satire that asks, "What would happen if all black people in America turned white?" 

The Blacker the Berry

Emma Lou Morgan's skin is so black that it's a source of shame to her not only among the largely white community, but…

Rashomon and Other Stories

"Rashomon" tells the story of a thief scared into honesty by an encounter with a ghoul while "In a Grove," which was the…


First published in 1923, Jean Toomer's Cane is an innovative literary work powerfully evoking black life in the South. …

The Home and the World

When Bimala's husband, Nikhil, encourages her to emerge from the traditional female seclusion of purdah, he introduces…

Iola Leroy, Or, Shadows Uplifted

Tells the story of the young daughter of a wealthy Mississippi planter who travels to the North to attend school, only to…

A Portrait of the Artist as A Young Man

A semi-autobiographical novel by James Joyce depicting the early years in the life of Stephen Dedalus, a fictional alter…

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