Bill Quinn's sublime narration of this detailed biography of Alain Locke would meet with its subject's approval. The writer, educator, and philosopher was ahead of his time in extolling black intellect and was instrumental in the development of the Harlem Renaissance. At points, especially during descriptions of literary or philosophical styles, Quinn's voice can seem didactic--but these moments are few and come amid fascinating descriptions of Locke's relationship with his mother and examinations of race, queer identity, the black American class structure, and early-twentieth-century intellectualism. Quinn's unique voicing--neither overly persuasive nor detached--adds texture to the sometimes academic prose, raising interest while respecting the author's scholarship. Listeners who go beyond this work to Locke's writings will hear Quinn's vocal styling in Locke's words. M.P.P. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine [Published: JUNE 2019]
Trade Ed. Tantor Media 2019
CD ISBN 9781630153403 $99.99 Thirty Seven CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 9781515935087 $59.99 Four MP3-CDs
DD ISBN 9781541449732 $39.99
Library Ed. Tantor Media 2019
DD ISBN 9781977310125 $69.95
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