Academic journal article Afterimage

Letter to the Editor. (News)

Academic journal article Afterimage

Letter to the Editor. (News)

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To the Editor:

It was an unexpected pleasure to be reading through Afterimage and to discover Jennifer Home's extensive, thoughtful and helpful review of Oscar Micheaux and His Circle (which I co-edited with Pearl Bowser and Jane Gaines) as well as two other recent books on Micheaux (Writing Himself into History by Pearl Bowser and Louise Spence and Ron Green's Straight Lick). Authors and editors always yearn for such attentiveness (and space from journals), so I write to express my thanks. I know that the review was consciously focused on Micheaux, but I would lust remind you (and perhaps your readers) that one of our book's real strengths is its attention to Micheaux's contemporaries: Colored Players Film Corporation, Richard E. Norman, Richard Maurice as well as documentarian Zora Neale Hurston, the Lafayette Dramatic Stock Company and Black newspapers' participation in the race film phenomenon. Surely the essays on these subjects by Charlene Regester, Phyllis Klotman, Gloria Gibson Hudson and Sister Francesca Thompson m erit attention. Their contributions allow us to situate Micheaux's achievements in a broader context. Many 1920s moviegoers preferred the work of Colored Players or Norman to that of Micheaux. As aficionados of race films, we may disagree with that assessment; but as historians we must and certainly can understand it.

I would also like to set the record straight on what might seem a small point: my essay on Oscar Micheaux's Body and Soul (1925), which appears in Oscar Micheaux and His Circle, is not a simple reprint of my essay that appeared in Yale Journal of Criticism and, as you pointed out, received the Kovacs Prize. …

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