The Large and Unconventional Life of Mrs. Paul Robeson
By Barbara Ransby
(Yale University Press, Hardcover, 9780300124347, 424pp.)
Publication Date: December 24, 2012
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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The first biography of the bold, principled, and fiercely independent woman who defied convention to make her own mark on the world
Barbara Ransby is professor in the departments of African American Studies, Gender and Women Studies, and History, and director of the Gender and Women Studies Program, University of Illinois, Chicago. She is author of the award-winning Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement, and a respected scholar-activist for many years.
"In this incredibly powerful, vital work, Ransby has rescued Eslanda Robeson from the shadows of her famous husband and establishes her as one of the most important activists, scholars, critics and theorists to connect anticolonialism with the black freedom movement in the U.S."—Robin Kelley, author of Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original
“This is an enormously rich book by a masterful biographer, full of novel insights and surprises.”—Penny Von Eschen, University of Michigan
-Penny Von Eschen
"Barbara Ransby has produced an insightful, fascinating, and significant biography. Eslanda Robeson has too long stood in the shadow of her remarkable husband, but as Ransby shows she was an important writer and political activist in her own right, whose life illuminates the international dimensions of the 20th-century black freedom movement."—Eric Foner, Columbia University
"From a master biographer and historian of African American women, this mesmerizing story of an extraordinary woman's life and struggles offers a global view of black radical history. After this book no one will be able to think of Eslanda merely as Mrs. Paul Robeson."—Linda Gordon, author of Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits
"Scholar and activist Ransby deftly details the accomplishments, struggles and impact of Eslanda Cardozo Goode Robeson... A well-researched, informative, readable biography."—Kirkus Reviews