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Explorations in Sights and Sounds
In a stunning exhibition of biographical craftsmanship, David Levering Lewis narrates, for the years between 1868 and 1919, both the spectacular achievements -- and their import for intellectual life in our own times -- and the equally significant failings of one of the most important American intellectuals of the twentieth century. Lewis's erudite tome supercedes all of the previous biographical treatments of DuBois and will doubtlessly require an equally Herculean effort to match this phenomenal work. Indeed, the awesome task of concluding the latter part of DuBois's long, controversial, and complex life will be exhaustively challenging. Since any exhaustive review of Lewis's work would require much greater space, I will confine my comments to an adumbration of the import of DuBois's thought for ethnicity and gender theories.
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