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Graham, Lorenz (1902-1989) How God Fix Jonah

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06121 Author/Creator: Graham, Lorenz (1902-1989) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Book signed Date: 1946 Pagination: 1 v. : xvi, 171 p. : ill. ; 22.2 x 16 cm.

Published by Reynal & Hitchcock. Illustrated with prints from wood engravings by Letterio Calapai, an American painter, muralist, and printmaker. Signed by Graham on the dedication page; dedicated to Graham's sister Shirley Graham Du Bois, an African American author, playwright, composer, and wife of sociologist and civil rights leader W. E. B. Du Bois. Contains a foreword by W. E. B. Du Bois, who states "These modern bits of poetry rescued from passing oblivion remind us of what Africa has thought and done in the long past .. Africa gave the toil that made America and underlay the modern era." Contents include poetry retelling the stories of African figures, many of whom were Biblical. Written in dialect.

Graham served as a missionary at Monrovia College, a boys' mission school located in Liberia. He sought to eliminate stereotypes of Africans and African Americans through his writing and attempted to portray the characters of his books as realistically as possible.

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