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Playing in the Dark

(1992)
Whiteness And the Literary Imagination
A non fiction book by

 
 
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Beloved and Jazz now gives us a learned, stylish, and immensely persuasive work of literary criticism that promises to change the way we read American literature even as it opens a new chapter in the American dialogue on race.

Toni Morrison's brilliant discussions of the "Africanist" presence in the fiction of Poe, Melville, Cather, and Hemingway leads to a dramatic reappraisal of the essential characteristics of our literary tradition. She shows how much the themes of freedom and individualism, manhood and innocence, depended on the existence of a black population that was manifestly unfree--and that came to serve white authors as embodiments of their own fears and desires.

Written with the artistic vision that has earned Toni Morrison a pre-eminent place in modern letters, Playing in the Dark will be avidly read by Morrison admirers as well as by students, critics, and scholars of American literature.

"By going for the American literary jugular...she places her arguments...at the very heart of contemporary public conversation about what it is to be authentically and originally American. [She] boldly...reimagines and remaps the possibility of America."
--Chicago Tribune

"Toni Morrison is the closest thing the country has to a national writer."
The New York Times Book Review



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Hardback Editions

July 1993 : USA Library Binding

Title: Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination
Author(s): Toni Morrison
ISBN: 1-4177-1887-0 / 978-1-4177-1887-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: San Val
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April 1992 : USA Hardback
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Title: Playing in the Dark : Whiteness and the Literary Imagination
Author(s): Toni Morrison
ISBN: 0-674-67377-8 / 978-0-674-67377-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harvard University Press
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Paperback Editions

July 1993 : USA Paperback
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Title: Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination
Author(s): Toni Morrison
ISBN: 0-679-74542-4 / 978-0-679-74542-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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1658 : UK Paperback
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Title: Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination
Author(s): Toni Morrison
ISBN: 0-330-33064-0 / 978-0-330-33064-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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Audio Editions

May 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination
Author(s): Toni Morrison
Publisher: Random House Audio
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May 2020 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination
Author(s): Toni Morrison
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May 2020 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination
Author(s): Toni Morrison
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May 2020 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination
Author(s): Toni Morrison
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Kindle Editions

July 2007 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Playing in the Dark
Author(s): Toni Morrison
Publisher: Vintage
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