Images of the Preacher in Afro-American Literature.

Scholarly examination of the the poetry and prose of eight African-American writers including Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, and James Baldwin

Academic monograph on the image of the preacher in 20th century African American literature. The work was the fruit of the course “Uses of Religion in Afro-American Literature” taught by the author in 1975–1976 at the Missouri School of Religion, Columbia Missouri:

The image of the Preacher emerged clearly as the class pursued the syllabus. Zora Neale Hurston’s Reverend John Pearson became the favorite by far and led me to plan a manuscript which would present a fairly representative, but composite, black preacher as he had been projected by Afro-American writers whose works appeared in print throughout the better part of a hundred years. (pii)

Author Walter C. Daniel here studies 22 literary works, both prose and poetry, by black writers Paul Laurence Dunbar, James Weldon Johnson, Walter White, Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, Richard Wright, James Baldwin, and Margaret Walker.

Literary works studied include Dunbar’s first novel, The Uncalled; Johnson’s poem “Let My People Go;” Hurston’s first novel, Jonah’s Gourd Vine; Hughes’ play Tambourines to Glory; Wright’s novel Native Son; Baldwin’s second play, Blues for Mister Charlie; and Walker’s historical novel, Jubilee.

Daniel’s 15-page introduction discusses the rise of the black church in the United States. Citing the work of historian W.E.B. Du Bois, Daniel notes that “[t]he preacher is the most unique personality developed by the Negro on American soil.” (p12)

Daniel’s study appears to have been formally published in 1981 by the University Press of America in Washington, D.C. in an edition of 241 pages. The present rare monograph—there are no copies on OCLC—would appear to precede the 1981 edition.

Description: Images of the Preacher in Afro-American Literature.

[Columbia, Missouri?, c.1976]. ii, 244pp. Green stiff paper covers; plastic “comb” binding. 11 x 8½ inches. Printed on rectos only, i.e. 246ff. Minor rubbing and some creasing at corners; very good.


See OCLC: 7573998 for the later, published edition. No copies located for this c.1976 monograph.

Price: $350.00