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The descendants of Cain

Author: Sun-wŏn Hwang
Publisher: Armonk, N.Y. : M.E. Sharpe/UNESCO Pub., ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Hwang Sun-won is one of the most beloved and respected Korean writers of the twentieth century. This extraordinary novel is based on his own experience in his North Korean village at a historic turning point for modern Korea between the end of World War II (and with it the end of the 35-year Japanese occupation of Korea) and the eve of the Korean War just when Korea had been divided into North and South by its two  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Historical fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Hwang, Sun-wŏn, 1915-2000.
Descendants of Cain.
Armonk, N.Y. : M.E. Sharpe/UNESCO Pub., ©1997
(OCoLC)648538323
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sun-wŏn Hwang
ISBN: 0765601362 9780765601360 0765601370 9780765601377
OCLC Number: 36892693
Notes: "An east gate book."
Description: ix, 181 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Robert Roberts' The House Servant's Directory, first published in 1827 and the standard for household management for decades afterward, is remarkable for several reasons: It is one of the first books written by an African American and issued by a commercial press, and it was written while Roberts (ca. 1780-1860) was in the employ of Christopher Gore (1758-1827), a former senator from and governor of Massachusetts (and ancestor of the novelist Gore Vidal). Gore Place, where Roberts worked from 1825 to 1827, is one of the grandest neoclassical mansions built in America. Not only was the extraordinary set of recommendations that Roberts made about relations between servants and their masters unique for its time, but his many recipes for cleaning furniture and clothing and for purchasing, preparing, and serving food and drink for small and large dinners are also still useful today. As portrayed in Graham Hodges' introduction, Roberts' own story is a unique window into the work habits and thoughts of America's domestic workers and into antebellum African American politics. Of particular note is Roberts' contribution to the emergence of new self-perceptions of black manliness. Written at a time when male Americans in general were reconsidering the construction of masculinity, Roberts' advice to his fellow servants fostered black dignity for work that few felt merited respect, and his counsel to employers on proper treatment of their servants insisted on their humanity and respect for their skills.
Other Titles: Kʻain ŭi huye.
Responsibility: Hwang Sun-wŏn ; translated by Suh Ji-moon and Julie Pickering.

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