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An African in imperial London : the indomitable life of A.B.C. Merriman-Labor

Author: Danell Jones
Publisher: London : Hurst & Company, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In a world dominated by the British Empire, at a time when many Europeans considered black people inferior, African writer A. B. C. Merriman-Labor claimed his right to describe the world as he found it. During his fifteen years in London, he looked at the greatest city in the greatest empire the world had ever known and laughed. An African in Imperial London is the first biography of this extraordinary man. It  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Named Person: A B C Merriman-Labor
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Danell Jones
ISBN: 1849049602 9781849049603
OCLC Number: 1005124697
Description: xv, 309 pages ; 23 cm
Responsibility: Danell Jones.

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"In a world dominated by the British Empire, at a time when many Europeans considered black people inferior, African writer A. B. C. Merriman-Labor claimed his right to describe the world as he found it. During his fifteen years in London, he looked at the greatest city in the greatest empire the world had ever known and laughed. An African in Imperial London is the first biography of this extraordinary man. It describes the tragic spiral that pulled him down the social ladder from writer and barrister to munitions worker, from witty observer of the social order to patient in a state-run hospital for the poor. Danell Jones sketches a vivid portrait of the great metropolis as it writhed its way into a new century of appalling social inequity, world-transforming inventions, and unprecedented demands for civil rights. This cultural history, told through African eyes, provides scholars with a richly researched portrait of a black life in Edwardian England, and transports general readers to an intriguing world of diversity, ingenuity, and struggle."--Provided by publisher.

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