Gerald Early


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Gerald Lyn Early (born April 21, 1952) is an American essayist and American culture critic. He is currently the Merle Kling Professor of Modern letters, of English, African studies, African American studies, American culture studies, and Director, Center for Joint Projects in the Humanities and Social Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

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  • ''I cannot be soft because it will make her soft, I thought, and soft black children cannot survive in this world. I do not know if this is true, but it was (and is) for me an undying truism.''
    Gerald Early (20th century), U.S. writer, specialist in African-American Studies. Daughters, part 1 (1994).
  • "Do you like being a parent—you know, being a father, having children and all?" Linnet once asked me. "Yes," I said, after a moment. "It's like dancing with a partner. It takes a lot of effort to...
    Gerald Early (20th century), U.S. writer, specialist in African-American Studies. Daughters, preface (1994).
  • Everyone in our culture wants to win a prize. Perhaps that is the grand lesson we have taken with us from kindergarten in the age of perversions of Dewey-style education: everyone gets a ribbon, and p...
    Gerald Early (b. 1952), U.S. author. repr. In The Best American Essays, 1991, ed. Joyce Carol Oates (1991). "Life with Daughters: Watching the Miss Am...
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