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James David Corrothers (1869 – 1917) was raised by his grandfather in the predominantly white town of South Haven, Michigan. After his grandfather’s death in 1885, Corrothers worked odd jobs in Indiana, Ohio, and finally Chicago. There he met journalist Henry Demarest Lloyd who, after reading Corrothers’ poetry, helped him get a job at the Chicago Tribune. When an article he submitted was rewritten by a white reporter, Corrothers quit the paper in protest. He went on, however, to work for several other Chicago dailies. His newspaper dialect sketches were collected in The Black Cat Club (1902), his most popular book. Despite his literary success, Corrothers entered the ministry, serving successively in the African Methodist Episcopal, Baptist and Presbyterian churches. He continued to write stories and poetry, and became one of the most widely published African-American writers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

African-American Classics:
Graphic Classics Volume 22

144 pages, color, $15