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Passing strange : a Gilded Age tale of love and deception across the color line

Author: Martha A Sandweiss; Lorna Raver
Publisher: [Old Saybrook, CT] : Tantor Media, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Passing Strange" is a uniquely American biography of Clarence King, who hid a secret from his Gilded Age cohorts and prominent family: for 13 years he lived a double life--as the celebrated white explorer, geologist, and writer King and as a black Pullman porter and steelworker named James Todd.
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Genre/Form: Audiobooks
Case studies
Biography
Named Person: Clarence King; Ada King; Clarence King
Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Martha A Sandweiss; Lorna Raver
ISBN: 9781400141517 1400141516 9781400111510 140011151X
OCLC Number: 294885744
Notes: Compact discs.
Duration: ca. 14:30:00.
Performer(s): Read by Lorna Raver.
Description: 12 sound discs (14.5 hr.) : digital, stereo. ; 4 3/4 in.
Responsibility: Martha A. Sandweiss.

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"Passing Strange" is a uniquely American biography of Clarence King, who hid a secret from his Gilded Age cohorts and prominent family: for 13 years he lived a double life--as the celebrated white explorer, geologist, and writer King and as a black Pullman porter and steelworker named James Todd.

Clarence King is a hero of nineteenth-century western history. Brilliant scientist and witty conversationalist, bestselling author and architect of the great surveys that mapped the West after the Civil War, King hid a secret from his Gilded Age cohorts and prominent Newport family: for thirteen years he lived a double life--as the celebrated white Clarence King and as a black Pullman porter and steelworker. Unable to marry the black woman he loved, the fair-haired, blue-eyed King passed as a Negro, revealing his secret to his wife Ada only on his deathbed. Historian Martha Sandweiss is the first writer to uncover the life that King tried so hard to conceal. She reveals the complexity of a man who, while publicly espousing a personal dream of a uniquely American amalgam of white and black, hid his love for his wife and their five biracial children.--From publisher description.

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