An African in Imperial London: The Indomitable Life of A.B.C. Merriman-Labor
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In 1904, West African writer A.B.C. Merriman-Labor moved to London in 1904 to make his mark on the world’s greatest literary stage.
What happened there changed everything he thought he knew.
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In a world dominated by the British Empire, at a time when many Europeans considered black people inferior, African writer A. B. C. Merriman-Labor claimed his right to describe the world as he found it. He looked at the greatest city in the greatest empire the world had ever known and laughed. An African in Imperial London is the first biography of this forgotten pioneer of African literature and a rich portrait of a great metropolis, writhing its way into a new century of appalling social inequity, world-transforming inventions, and unprecedented demands for civil rights.
Praise for An African in Imperial London
Elegantly written and meticulously researched. This is an important addition to the history of Africans in Britain.
The moving and surprising story of A.B.C. Merriman-Labor.
Written with great verve… an enlightening account of what it meant to be black in the most powerful country in the world.
Historical rigour, literary skill and a deep sense of humanity pervades this splendid biography.
A brilliant biography.