Cincinnati in the 1870's was the largest inland city in the nation. Much of its prosperity and growth it owed to the commerce which floated along its Ohio River boundary on the way between Pittsburgh and New Orleans. This traffic also sustained a unique African American culture -- saloonkeepers, boardinghouse operators, entertainers, and women who served the steamboat hands between trips. Into this great western metropolis came young Lafcadio Hearn, who after several tentative starts became a newspaper reporter first for ...
Cincinnati in the 1870's was the largest inland city in the nation. Much of its prosperity and growth it owed to the commerce which floated along its Ohio River boundary on the way between Pittsburgh and New Orleans. This traffic also sustained a unique African American culture -- saloonkeepers, boardinghouse operators, entertainers, and women who served the steamboat hands between trips. Into this great western metropolis came young Lafcadio Hearn, who after several tentative starts became a newspaper reporter first for the Enquirer and then for the Commercial . Drawn to the Ohio River by his interest in the unusual, Hearn found beneath the rough surface of levee life a kind of cosmopolitan tolerance which emphasized the essential humanity of the community. Hearn's twelve sketches -- here reprinted as a unit for the first time -- are perceptive and sympathetic, yet not highly subjective and romanticized. Collectively they form an important comprehensive picture of African American life in a border city just after the Civil War. Among the earliest of his writings, they also foreshadow the course Hearn's life was to take in New Orleans, the West Indies, and finally Japan.
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Good. 1957 Hardcover illus. vi, 111 p. Former Library book. A reprint of the author's 12 newspaper sketches of Negro life on the Ohio River levee. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Shipped to over one million happy customers. Your purchase benefits world literacy!
Hubbell, William K. 8vo, pp. vi, 111. Edited by O. W. Frost, introduction by John Ball. With sketches by William K. Hubbell. Patterned paper over boards with cloth spine. A VG tight copy in scuffed and little chipped dj. Twelve pieces about black life on the Ohio River waterfront in Cincinnati, written while he was a reporter for local newspapers.
Illustrated by William K. Hubbell. Near Fine in Very Good dust jacket. Edited by O. W. Frost. Introduction by John Ball. Illustrated with black-and-white drawings by William K. Hubbell. The dust jacket is protected by a Brodart mylar cover and is not price clipped. Not an ex-library copy. No remainder marks. Most books shipped within 24 hours. All books mailed with Delivery Confirmation. The dust jacket has minor rubbing and creasing at the extremities. Near fine condition in very good dust jacket. Hearn wrote these sketches while working as a journalist in Cincinnati in the 1870's The pieces are gathered together for the first time in this work.; Black-and-white drawings; 8vo.; 111 pages.
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