Recovering Five Generations Hence
The Life and Writing of Lillian Jones Horace
Publication Year: 2013
In 1916, before Marcus Garvey gained fame for advocating black economic empowerment and a repatriation movement, Horace wrote a back-to-Africa novel, Five Generations Hence, the earliest published novel on record by a black woman from Texas and the earliest known utopian novel by any African American woman. She also wrote a biography of Lacey Kirk Williams, a renowned president of the National Baptist Convention; another novel, Angie Brown, that was never published; and a host of plays that her students at I. M. Terrell High School performed. Five Generations Hence languished after its initial publication. Along with Horace’s diary, the unpublished novel, and the Williams biography, the book was consigned to a collection owned by the Tarrant County Black Historical and Genealogical Society and housed at the Fort Worth Public Library. There, scholar and author Karen Kossie-Chernyshev rediscovered Horace’s work in the course of her efforts to track down and document a literary tradition that has been largely ignored by both the scholarly community and general readers. In this book, the full text of Horace’s Five Generations Hence, annotated and contextualized by Kossie-Chernyshev, is once again presented for examination by scholars and interested readers.In 2009 Kossie-Chernyshev invited nine scholars to a conference at Texas Southern University to give Horace’s works a comprehensive interdisciplinary examination. Subsequent work on those papers resulted in the studies that form the second half of this book.
Published by: Texas A&M University Press
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Series Page, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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I am deeply grateful to the following people, and many more besides, who generously gave their time and expertise to help bring this book to fruition: Tom Kellam, hospitable former senior archivist at the Fort Worth Public Library, who gave me access to the Lillian B. Horace Papers; Sarah Walker, president of the Tarrant County Black Gene-...
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Recovery projects are simultaneously fascinating and inspiring. They affirm established bodies of knowledge and their affiliated associations, communities, and institutions. They demand a reevaluation of dis-courses and a restructuring of paradigms. Or they inspire, by their radi-cal nature and sudden appearance, a new phase of creativity and related ...
Part I: Five Generations Hence
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...chapter x They Will Come, Yet a Little While, and They Will Come’TWas earLy iN November iN The year 1899,¹ one of those bright glorious autumns that strike the heart of an individual but once in a lifetime; other beauteous seasons may come and go, and to another ap-pear as lovely, but to one mind some form or color, some scene or asso-...
Part II: In Scholarly Review:
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To Leave or Not to Leave?
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...“I doN’T LiKe This oLd cheaP PeN. I want a genuine good fountain Lillian Bertha Jones Horace, a gifted Texas educator whose great-est desire was to write, paused to comment on her desire for a writing instrument that honored her appreciation for the printed word. Her rich private reflections, in tandem with her overlooked creative and ...
Southwestern Female Authors:
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...“Black Texans, 1900–1930: A History” at Texas Tech University.¹ During all the time I worked on what I considered to be that solid piece of re-search, I never saw the name of Lillian B. Horace, despite journeying to every library at every four- year school in the state of Texas, as well as to the State Library and numerous public libraries. Ten years later ...
To Be a Publisher:
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...you about the last time you read a book. No, I am asking you to recall the last time you examined a book, felt the weight of it in your hand, noticed whether the binding was stitched or glued, rubbed your fingers over an embossed leather cover, listened to the “crack” upon opening a crisp, new volume, or smelled the mold of an old favorite. Think about ...
Of the Coming of Grace:
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I want to write realistically but constructively.—LiLLiaN b. horaceanthology Daring to Dream: Utopian Fiction by United States Women be-fore 1950 (1995),¹ and now reprinted in its entirety by Karen Kossie- Chernyshev in the present volume, Lillian B. Jones Horace’s Five Gen-erations Hence (1916; hereafter FGH) belongs to the growing body of ...
The Double Burden:
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VioLeT Gray, a maiN characTer in Lillian B. Horace’s first novel, Five Generations Hence, writes to her friend Grace Noble: “As I read your book, I wondered that so few of our people write, when the world knows so little about us really—so little of our hopes and aspirations, so little of the sting we feel at insult and injury. Ah! yes, Grace, so little ...
Confronting the “Other Side”:
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IN receNT years, historians have become increasingly interested in expanding the understanding of the fight for civil rights in the United States. Moving beyond the familiar paradigm of the civil rights move-ment of the mid- 1950s to the mid- 1960s, research is extending the chronological boundaries of the movement, connecting civil rights ac-...
Lillian B. Jones Horace and the Literature
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KareN Kossie- CherNyshev’s discovery of the diary and literature of Lillian Bertha Jones Horace in the spring of 2003 was an important moment. It was important not only because Horace is “Texas’s earli-est known African- American woman novelist, diarist, and biographer”¹ or because she exemplifies the resilience and determination of African ...
Lillian Horace and the Respectable Black Woman:
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...case for reexamining the notion of respectability in African American women’s history and in civil rights history. In contemporary popu-lar culture, respectability has been reduced to a synonym for having a good reputation. However, respectability, in the minds of middle- class African American women prior to World War II, presented the ...
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Page Count: 256
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Centennial Series of the Association of Former Students, Texas A&M University