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Adventures in black and white

af Philippa Schuyler

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ADVENTURES IN BLACK AND WHITE, a memoir-travelogue first published in 1960, is being reissued with a critical introduction, including minor edits and annotations of the original text by scholar Tara Betts. Recognized as a prodigy at an early age, Philippa Duke Schuyler was heralded as America's first internationally-acclaimed mixed race celebrity. Her father, a conservative black journalist, and her mother, a white Texan heiress, dedicated Schuyler's development to the cause of integration with the claim that racial mixing could produce a superior hybrid human, a claim that Schuyler resisted, but would nonetheless hurl her into a destructive identity crisis that consumed her throughout her life. When the transition from child prodigy to concert pianist proved challenging in America, Schuyler, like many black performers before her, went abroad during the 1950s for larger audiences. Schuyler's witnessing first-hand the dissemblage of European colonies in Africa and the Middle East is the focus of ADVENTURES IN BLACK AND WHITE. This narrative connects the Harlem Renaissance to the prelude of the Civil Rights Movement at a time when the public conversation on interracial identity in America was just beginning. As Schuyler writes about Africa--"the homeland of her ancestors"--readers can begin to understand how the young musician would eventually find her way as an author and a journalist, and the books that followed.… (mere)
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this fantastic memoir-travelogue written by American concert pianist and composer Philippa Duke Schuyler. Her story chronicles her unique experience of traveling internationally as a bi-racial woman in the 1950’s as she shared her musical gift over a most inspiring global musical trek. Her writing is refreshing as she shares a myriad of experiences and conversations with authentically human characters around the globe. She shares common and culturally specific customs with ease. She handles unexpected personal encounters and scheduled engagements with the same style, grace, and dignity. She is a good storyteller and shares reflections of compassion, love and business integrity surprisingly at times with the curiosity of an ingénue and at other times as a shrewd businesswoman full of wit and charm. Overall you get the sense she observes, questions, and listens well. She was as courageous as she was gifted.
I did receive this eBook as an early reviewer giveaway courtesy of Library Thing; however, I did purchase a paperback copy to share - I enjoyed the book that much. I look forward to reading Ms. Duke-Schuyler’s other works. Ms. Betts, thank you for your editing efforts to republish this timeless treasure. ( )
  dtwoodford | Feb 9, 2019 |
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This book is a fascinating window into another time. While at the surface it may seem a loose collection of stories of once famous and not so famous people, as you dig into the stories so much more is found. The autobiographical nature of the work makes the stories that much more compelling as you can almost place yourself in the young artists shoes with each new earnest expression of the complexities of politics and travel. Truly worth the read for a fresh (if vintage) perspective and a solid coming of age diary style autobiography. Even if the overall impression leaves you with a sense of the mundane realism of glamourous occasions, that feeling alone is worth the read. ( )
  Jennifer.Peeler | Jan 21, 2019 |
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Is Philippa Schuyler important in history? This book is a transcription of her journal entries while traveling around the world, giving concerts, and meeting some important historical figures such as the Queen of England and Dr. Schweitzer. I did not find the author's life or the journal stories very interesting. The book is her story and the locations that she visited without much context of world events or historical timeline that this falls within. Summary - rambling collection of personal diary entries which are not that interesting. The ebook isn't easy to access. I understand DRM necessity - but my review copy was on a very short lease of usage, only 10 days. ( )
  deldevries | Jan 16, 2019 |
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ADVENTURES IN BLACK AND WHITE, a memoir-travelogue first published in 1960, is being reissued with a critical introduction, including minor edits and annotations of the original text by scholar Tara Betts. Recognized as a prodigy at an early age, Philippa Duke Schuyler was heralded as America's first internationally-acclaimed mixed race celebrity. Her father, a conservative black journalist, and her mother, a white Texan heiress, dedicated Schuyler's development to the cause of integration with the claim that racial mixing could produce a superior hybrid human, a claim that Schuyler resisted, but would nonetheless hurl her into a destructive identity crisis that consumed her throughout her life. When the transition from child prodigy to concert pianist proved challenging in America, Schuyler, like many black performers before her, went abroad during the 1950s for larger audiences. Schuyler's witnessing first-hand the dissemblage of European colonies in Africa and the Middle East is the focus of ADVENTURES IN BLACK AND WHITE. This narrative connects the Harlem Renaissance to the prelude of the Civil Rights Movement at a time when the public conversation on interracial identity in America was just beginning. As Schuyler writes about Africa--"the homeland of her ancestors"--readers can begin to understand how the young musician would eventually find her way as an author and a journalist, and the books that followed.

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