The Creation by James Weldon Johnson

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 7 Critic Reviews

unrated

Synopsis

A poem based on the story of creation from the first book of the Bible.
 

About James Weldon Johnson

See more books from this Author
Born in Jacksonville Fla. in 1871, James Weldon Johnson was one of the leaders of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s. His career was varied and included periods as a teacher, lawyer, songwriter (with his brother J. Rosamond Johnson), and diplomat (as United States Consul to Puerto Cabello, Venezuela, from 1906 to 1909). Among his most famous writings are Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man, published anonymously in 1912, and God's Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse (1927), the winner of the Harmon Gold Award. He was also editor of several anthologies of African-American poetry and spirituals, and in 1933 his autobiography, Along This Way, was published. He served as Secretary to the NAACP from 1916 to 1930 and was a professor of literature at Fisk University in Nashville from 1930 until his death in 1938. James Ransome has illustrated more than 35 books for children, including many award winners. He lives in Rhinebeck, New York, with his wife, children's book author Lesa Cline Ransome, and their four children. Visit his website at www.jamesransome.com.
 
Published September 1, 1995 by Rebound by Sagebrush. 28 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for The Creation

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

In the spirit of Johnson's poetic voice, which Ransome describes as ``influenced by the...imagery of nineteenth-century African-American plantation preachers,'' the romantic, sun- dappled paintings here are more literal than Carla Golembe's striking, boldly stylized art for her edition (1993) of ...

| Read Full Review of The Creation

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

``Then God smiled./And the light broke./And the darkness rolled up on one side./And the light stood shining on the other./And God said: That's good!'' This poem first appeared in God's Trombones in 1927;

| Read Full Review of The Creation

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

In the spirit of Johnson's poetic voice, which Ransome describes as ``influenced by the...imagery of nineteenth-century African-American plantation preachers,'' the romantic, sun- dappled paintings here are more literal than Carla Golembe's striking, boldly stylized art for her edition (1993) of ...

Jun 24 2010 | Read Full Review of The Creation

The New York Times

See more reviews from this publication

Kendall marshals a wide range of evidence to argue that Webster suffered from what we now call obsessive-compulsive personality disorder, from Webster’s own diaries (where Webster regularly mentioned his “extreme depression,” “anxiety” and “nervous affections”) to the monomaniacal attention he pa...

May 27 2011 | Read Full Review of The Creation

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

As an endnote explains, the poem, which originally appeared in Johnson's God's Trombones (1927), was inspired by a sermon delivered in 1919 by a black country preacher in Kansas, and pays tribute to the old-time black preachers who, wrote Johnson, gave slaves and their descendants ``their first s...

| Read Full Review of The Creation

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

Illustrating this verse adaptation of the biblical Creation story, Ransome intersperses paintings of natural wonders with scenes of an African American man reciting to an audience of rapt youngsters.

| Read Full Review of The Creation

Open Letters Monthly

I fell in love with Sofonisba Anguissola years ago, when I saw her little self-portrait in Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts and was ensnared by her eyes – they were enormous liquid orbs set in a soft, pale face, and they seemed wise and sad beyond the years of the young woman to whom they belonged.

| Read Full Review of The Creation

Rate this book!

Add Review