The Princess of Naragpur or a Daughter of Allah. Durant. E. Elliot, Cuthbert M. Roach.
The Princess of Naragpur or a Daughter of Allah
The Princess of Naragpur or a Daughter of Allah

The Princess of Naragpur or a Daughter of Allah

New York: The Grafton Press, (c. 1928). 1st ed. Hardcover. 191p. Original red cloth. 21cm. Backstrip worn along ends (which have been partially reglued). Modest cover soil. Cover bump and a small dent. No jacket. This scarce novel is included in Maxwell Whiteman's "A Century of Fiction by American Negroes, 1853-1952" where it is described as "A West Indian Tale." Whiteman could have added that it revolves around a romance between a handsome Englishman and the beautiful, dark-skinned daughter of an Indian rajah. Durant, of African descent, was born in Barbados but spent much of his adult life in the United States. He founded and spent the last 26 years of his life as pastor (rector) of St. Ambrose Episcopal Church in New York's Harlem. We suspect that Roach was also from Barbados but know nothing about Roach other than what Durant has to say about Roach in the brief Preface: "... the first half of this book was written in collaboration with him. His wise counsel helped greatly to mould the first half. I can see, now, his puckered brow and furrowed forehead as he objected to some phrase or idea, as we sat around in the light developing our dream Princess. In concluding this story, after the lapse of many years, my one regret is, that my friend was not by my side to help me write the closing chapters. I missed his counsel and hope that he will be satisfied with the manner in which I have worked the closing chapters." Good. Item #89404

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