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

New York: The Grafton Press, (c. 1928). 1st ed. Hardcover. 191p. Original red cloth. 21cm. Minor cover spotting. Light foxing on page edges. Internally sound and clean. No jacket. Laid in is a business card identifying Durant as vicar at St. Luke's Episcopal Mission in New York City, a position Durant filled for about two years (probably 1923-1925) This scarce novel is included in Maxwell Whiteman's "A Century of Fiction by American Negroes, 1853-1952" where it is described only 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, a self-supporting parish 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." Very Good. Item #89412

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