edited by John Gruesser
contributions by Jennie A Kassanoff, Kate McCullough, Cynthia D Schrager, John Gruesser, Nellie Y McKay, Elizabeth Ammons, Kristina Brooks, Lois Lamphere Brown and C. K. Doreski
introduction by Nellie Y McKay
afterword by Elizabeth Ammons
University of Illinois Press, 1996
Paper: 978-0-252-06554-5 | Cloth: 978-0-252-02230-2
Library of Congress Classification PS1999.H4226Z65 1996
Dewey Decimal Classification 813.4


The work and times of the Black writer, editor, and intellectual

John Cullen Gruesser edits essays that explore the literary and journalistic career of Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins. A Black woman writer at the turn of the twentieth century, Hopkins worked as the unacknowledged editor-in-chief of the Colored American Magazine but also wrote short fiction, novels, nonfiction articles, and a play believed to be the first by a Black woman. Versatile and politically committed, she was fired when her strong editorial stands and non-conciliatory politics offended the new owner of Colored American Magazine.

A rare examination of an overlooked figure in Black letters, The Unruly Voice explores Hopkins’s writing and her significance for contemporary readers.

Contributors: Elizabeth Ammons; Kristina Brooks; Lois Lamphere Brown; C. K. Doreski; John Cullen Gruesser; Jennie A. Kassanoff; Kate McCullough; Nelly Y. McKay; and Cynthia D. Schrager