This week, I selected a quote from a newly found author, Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins:
Hopkins was born on August 13, 1859 in Portland, Maine. Introduced to the performing arts at an early age, she wrote and performed skits with her family’s group, The Hopkins Colored Troubadours.
She, also, was a playwright, journalist, short story writer, biographer and editor.
Written in 1900, her first novel Contending Forces: A Romance Illustrative of Negro Life North and South, dealt with miscegenation and Post-Civil War race relations; and between 1901 and 1903, she published three serial novels in the Colored American Magazine:
- Hagar’s Daughter: A Story of Southern Caste Prejudice;
- Winona: A Tale of Negro Life in the South and Southwest; and
- Of One Blood or The Hidden Self.
Hopkins writings, fiction and nonfiction, covered:
- African-American History;
- Racial Discrimination;
- Economic Justice; and
- Women’s Role in Society.
Little is known about the last twenty-five years of Hopkins life which ended in 1930 during a house fire.
Hopkins first novel as well as her three serial novels are in The Schomburg Library of Nineteenth Century Black Women released by The Oxford Press in 1988.
Thank you Colleen for Writers Quote Wednesday, 2015. I enjoy sharing my favorite author quotes as well as the quotes from previously unknown authors. Participating in this weekly challenge has opened my space to reconnect with known authors and has led me down the path of discovering new authors.