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Thumbnail of The  black river

1955

Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963

The black river

A saga wherein a fish named Silver moves from brook, to river, to lake; discovers sex; learns the "fish-eat-fish" law of the land (water); encounters worms and other alien creatures; contemplates the existence of God; develops into "himself; a person, an entity; a self-propelling mind"; combats the Superfish; grows old and ugly; and relays the fruits of his experience. ... more

W. E. B. Du Bois Papers

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1906

Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963

Down to Jericho

New York (N.Y.) - A beaten-down entrepreneur gets advice from a Pullman porter and tackles the automobile trust that had previously robbed him of his idea and according patent, finding love on the way, and by train no less. See mums312-b236-i038 through i041 for alternate drafts; i042 for outline.

W. E. B. Du Bois Papers

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1906

Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963

The crucifixion of God

A priest wanders into the forest and meets a mysterious figure who claims to be God; then Death; then converses on the nature of the relationship between these entities; and is at last crucified and made to bear a crown of thorns. See mums312-b236-i031, i032 for related manuscripts.

W. E. B. Du Bois Papers

Thumbnail of Unidentified story [fragment]

1906

Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963

Unidentified story [fragment]

The 15th page of an unidentified story in which a certain character engages God in dialog.

W. E. B. Du Bois Papers

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1906

Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963

Notes on The milkman

Brief pencilled notes on a prospective story about a bullying milkman, choppily outlining his life's misadventurous trajectory.

W. E. B. Du Bois Papers

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1895

Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963

Burghardt University some bits from the life of John Willis, A.M.

A first-person account by John Willis, Professor of Latin, Greek, and Mathematics at Wilberforce University.

W. E. B. Du Bois Papers

Thumbnail of The  murder of Samuel Greatley

1955

Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963

The murder of Samuel Greatley

A servant whose master has been murdered is taken on by a new household, only to learn that he is alive and well -- it is her own (ex)husband who is dead -- and ultimately settles down "to a quiet and beautiful life" with him, misleading a bunch of people. See mums312-b236-i011 for earlier draft.

W. E. B. Du Bois Papers

Thumbnail of The  black man brings his gifts [fragment]

1906

Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963

The black man brings his gifts [fragment]

United States - Fragments of draft of this story of the race relations and social perceptions influencing the founding of a small Indiana town's Women's Club Federation, and subsequent analysis of the multicultural melting-pot origins of most "American" arts and traditions, concluding with the finding that "laborers and drudges and slaves" are the ones "who made this big country." See ... more

W. E. B. Du Bois Papers

Thumbnail of The  pastor at St. Stephen's

1920

Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963

The pastor at St. Stephen's

Notes on the cast of characters in a play revolving around a certain church pastor, his religious daughter, and "an educated man."

W. E. B. Du Bois Papers

Thumbnail of Two brothers and their medicine horns

1920

Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963

Two brothers and their medicine horns

A short tale about two brothers who manage to rescue their kidnapped sister from a giant "doosoo" with plans to devour them all.

W. E. B. Du Bois Papers