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An Imperative Duty

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Country  United States
Publication date  1891 (First Edition)
Originally published  1891
Page count  150
Publisher  Harper
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Language  English
Pages  150
Author  William Dean Howells
Genre  Literary realism
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Original title  An Imperative Duty: A Novel
Similar  William Dean Howells books, Other books

An Imperative Duty is a short realist novel by William Dean Howells published in 1891. The novel explores the idea of "passing" through the racially mixed character of Rhoda Aldgate, a young woman whose aunt informs her that she is one-sixteenth African American. Rhoda lived her whole life "passing" as a white person.

Contents

List of Characters

  • Rhoda Aldgate, a woman of one-sixteenth black ancestry
  • Rev. Mr. Bloomingdale, Rhoda's first suitor, a white man
  • Dr. Olney, Mrs. Meredith's physician and Rhoda's eventual suitor, a white man
  • Mrs. Meredith, Rhoda's aunt, a white woman
  • Plot summary

    The book is about Rhoda Aldgate, a young woman who discovers she is one-sixteenth African American, after living her whole life as a white person. Rhoda's father was Mrs. Meredith's brother, a white man, and Rhoda's mother was a southern woman of one-eighth black ancestry. In the nineteenth century, Rhoda's mother would have been referred to as an "octoroon."

    Composition and publication history

    The book is about a "Tragic Mulatta" character, a stereotype used by 19th-century American authors to explore racial miscegenation.

    References

    An Imperative Duty Wikipedia


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