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Critical Essay | Houston A. Baker, Jr.

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Houston A. Baker, Jr.

SOURCE: "The Problem of Being: Some Reflections on Black Autobiography," in Obsidian, Vol. 1, No. 1, 1975, pp. 18-30.

In the following essay, Baker focuses on The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass as one of the best examples illustrating the African American autobiographer's "quest for being," or self-definition.

It was a severe cross, and I took it up reluctantly. The truth was, I felt myself a slave, and the idea of speaking to white people weighed me down. I spoke but a few moments, when I felt a degree of freedom, and said what I desired with considerable ease.

Frederick Douglass

Benedetto Croce called autobiography "a by-product of an egotism and a self-consciousness which achieve nothing but to render obvious their own futility and should be left to die of it." And one of the most important...

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