Trumpeting a Fiery Sound; History and Folklore in Margaret Walker's Jubilee

Stanley L. Searcy (Author photograph) Athens, GA: The University of Georgia Press, 1998. First Printing [Stated]. Hardcover. x, [2] 168, [2] pages. Appendix One: Margaret Walker's Reflections and Celebrations: An Interview; Appendix Two: Bernice Bell Remembers Margaret Walker, the Teacher, Scholar, and Friend: An Interview. Appendix Three: Chronology. Notes. Bibliography. Index. Inscribed by the author on the title page. Inscription reads To President Arthur Levine Teachers College/Columbia University With sincerest and best wishes. Jacqueline Miller Carmichael Alumnae (M.A., 1964) 15 April 2000. "Jackie," as she was fondly known, excelled academically at Paine College, Augusta, Georgia, Columbia University's Teachers College, New York, and Georgia State University. Jackie's occupational calling spanned a total of forty-one years as an instructor of English including eleven years at Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia. While teaching as an adjunct professor of English at Georgia State, Jackie applied for and received a Graduate Teaching Assistantship to study for and earn her Ph.D. in English. Dr. Carmichael's dissertation of Dr. Margaret Walker's JUBILEE was revised and published by the University of Georgia Press, Athens, Georgia, under the title, TRUMPETING A FIERY SOUND: HISTORY AND FOLKLORE IN MARGARET WALKER'S JUBILEE. Dr. Carmichael was the recipient of several awards in education. Her recognition as Teacher of the Year, Woman of the Year, Alumni of the Year, the National Council of Negro Woman, Inc., Columbia (SC) Section's "Living the Legacy Award," were among the most unforgettable. When twenty-seven-year-old Margaret Walker's first collection of poems, For My People, won the Yale Poets Award in 1942, she was just beginning her long and distinguished career as a poet, novelist, biographer, and teacher. When her novel Jubilee was published to great acclaim in 1966, the New York Review of Books said, "[It] chronicles the triumph of a free spirit over many kinds of bondages." Jubilee is noteworthy for being one of the first novels to present African American history from both a black and female perspective. It is a historical and fictional account of Walker's great-grandmother's life, from slavery through Reconstruction, as told to Walker by her maternal grandmother. In Trumpeting a Fiery Sound, Jacqueline Miller Carmichael examines the novel's genesis and composition, the process of revision and publication, the work's structure and narrative strategies, its use of history and folklore, and its critical reception in the three decades since its first publication. Margaret Walker (Margaret Abigail Walker Alexander by marriage; July 7, 1915 – November 30, 1998) was an American poet and writer. She was part of the African-American literary movement in Chicago, known as the Chicago Black Renaissance. Her notable works include For My People (1942) which won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Competition, and the novel Jubilee (1966), set in the South during the American Civil War. Walker's second published book (and only novel), Jubilee (1966), is the story of a slave family during and after the Civil War, and is based on her great-grandmother's life. It took her thirty years to write. Roger Whitlow says: "It serves especially well as a response to white 'nostalgia' fiction about the antebellum and Reconstruction South." This book is considered important in African-American literature. Walker was the first of a generation of women who started publishing more novels in the 1970s. Jubilee (1966) is a historical novel, which focuses on the story of a biracial slave during the American Civil War. It is set in Georgia and later in various parts of Alabama in the mid-19th century before, during, and after the Civil War. Jubilee is the semi-fictional story of Vyry Brown, based on the life of author Margaret Walker's great-grandmother, Margaret Duggans Ware Brown. Vyry Brown is a mixed-race slave—the unacknowledged daughter of her master—who is born on the Dutton plantation in Georgia. The novel follows her experiences from early childhood to adult life. The story of Vyry's life in the novel spans three major periods of American history: Slavery, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. Condition: Very good / Very good.

Keywords: Literary Criticism, Folklore, Margaret Walker, Jubilee, African-Americans, Slavery, Civil War, Reconstruction, Margaret Brown, Vyry Brown, Mixed-race, Feminism, Folk Traditions, American South, Bernice Bell

ISBN: 0820320102

[Book #86134]

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