Musical Hypertext Edition of
The Souls of Black Folk
By W.E.B. Du Bois

The primary feature of this edition of The Souls of Black Folk is the connection of the music to the notation at the head of each chapter and within "The Sorrow Songs" (Chapter 14). Click on the image of the sheet music and you will be taken to a page with sound files of the music and an explanation of its importance to the book.

The text for this edition is based on the version at the Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia Library (see their publication information below). Their edition, based on the 1953 Blue Heron edition, is closer to Du Bois's intentions than other online editions. As this edition develops, the places where the text differs both from Du Bois's intentions (as expressed in his correspondence to the publishers) and from the 1903 edition will be marked with links to the alternative texts.

For background on the writing of and philosophy behind the book, see Richard Cullen Rath, "Echo and Narcissus: The Afrocentric Pragmatism of W.E.B. Du Bois," Journal of American History 84, 2 (September 1997): 461-95.

Header information from the Electronic Text Center edition:
The Souls of Black Folk
Du Bois, W. E. Burghardt

Creation of machine-readable version: Judy Boss

Creation of digital images: Matthew G. Kirschenbaum

Conversion to TEI.2-conformant markup: University of Virginia Library Electronic Text Center. ca. 435 kilobytes
This version available from the University of Virginia Library.
Charlottesville, Va.

   Copyright 1999, by the Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia

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Note: Images of the musical notations have been included from the 1903 A.C. McClurg edition of Souls of Black Folk (Chicago).

About the print version
The Souls of Black Folk: Essays and Sketches
W. E. Burghardt Du Bois

   Bantam Classic

Bantam Classic text reprinted from the 1953 Blue Heron edition.
New York

   Prepared for the University of Virginia Library Electronic Text Center.

   Note [from Judy Boss]: On page 83, paragraph 1, line 2, I have added an apostrophe to the word Shepherds.

   Musical notation at the start of each chapter has been identified according to Eric Sundquist's To Wake the Nations: Race in the Making of American Literature. Cambridge, MA.: Harvard UP, 1993. p. 492.

   Spell-check and verification made against printed text using UNIX-spell spell checker.

Published: 1903

English non-fiction; prose Native AmericanAfrican AmericanAmerican Civil War LCSH 24-bit color; 400 dpi

Revisions to the electronic version
September 1996 corrector Matthew G. Kirschenbaum, University of Virginia Library Electronic Text Center