chapter  7
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Du Bois’s Passage to India Dark Princess

In 1928, W. E. B. Du Bois published a novel, Dark Princess, that failed to make a lasting impression, much less a favorable one, on the American or the African American literary world. Du Bois’s novel flopped even though the socalled Harlem Renaissance was then at its zenith and books by black Americans were being published and scrutinized as never before. In histories of the Harlem Renaissance, Dark Princess is seldom mentioned, and then usually dismissed as the reactionary attempt by one of the old guard to assert his authority over a cultural movement that properly belonged to the young.