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Dark Princess

By W. E. B. Du Bois & Mint Editions
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Publisher Description

Matthew Townes, aspiring obstetrician, has hit the glass ceiling. Unable to continue his medical studies in New York City, the young man becomes disillusioned with the reality of racism within the United States and heads for Germany. Arriving in Berlin, Matthew immediately recognizes all that he's lost, not just the harsh prejudices of American society but also his America–Black America–and begins to feel a sense of lonesomeness. Not so long after, he meets the purple haired princess Kautilya and fully enters into the unknown future that lies ahead.

Departing from the realm of nonfiction and sociology, W. E. B. Du Bois set forth to produce a romance novel. The end result, Dark Princess , would be published in 1928 to incredibly mixed reviews with some critics lauding the ideas within the book and others slamming the aesthetics of the text. Despite this mixed feedback, the novel would cement it's place in the heart of Du Bois and become his favorite published work.

This edition of W. E. B. Du Bois’ Dark Princess is a classic of Black literature reimagined for modern readers.

Since our inception in 2020, Mint Editions has kept sustainability and innovation at the forefront of our mission. Each and every Mint Edition title gets a fresh, professionally typeset manuscript and a dazzling new cover, all while maintaining the integrity of the original book.

With thousands of titles in our collection, we aim to spotlight diverse public domain works to help them find modern audiences. Mint Editions celebrates a breadth of literary works, curated from both canonical and overlooked classics from writers around the globe.

About W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois (1868-1963) was an African American sociologist, historian, civil rights activist, and socialist. Born in Massachusetts, he was raised in Great Barrington, an integrated community. He studied at the University of Berlin and at Harvard, where he became the first African American scholar to earn a doctorate. He worked as a professor at Atlanta University, a historically black institution, and was one of the leaders of the Niagara Movement, which advocated for equal rights and opposed Booker T. Washington’s Atlanta compromise. In 1909, he cofounded the NAACP and served for years as the editor of its official magazine The Crisis. In addition to his activism against lynching, Jim Crow laws, and other forms of discrimination and segregation, Du Bois authored such influential works as The Souls of Black Folk (1903) and Black Reconstruction in America (1935). A lifelong opponent of racism and a committed pacifist, Du Bois advocated for socialism as a means of replacing racial capitalism in America and around the world. In the 1920s, he used his role at The Crisis to support the artists of the Harlem Renaissance and sought to emphasize the role of African Americans in shaping American society in his book The Gift of Black Folk (1924).

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