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Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins (1859 – August 13, 1930) was a prominent African-American novelist, journalist, playwright, historian, and editor. She is considered a pioneer in her use of the romantic novel to explore social and racial themes. Her work was significantly influenced by W. E. B. Du Bois.

Her first known work, a musical play called Slaves’ Escape; or, The Underground Railroad (later revised as Peculiar Sam; or, The Underground Railroad), first performed in 1880, is one of the earliest-known literary treatments of slaves escaping to freedom. Her short story 'Talma Gordon,' published in 1900, is often named as the first African American mystery story. She explored the difficulties faced by African-Americans amid the racist violence of post-Civil War America in her first novel, A Romance Illustrative of Negro Life North and South, published in 1900. She published three serial novels between 1901 and 1903 in the African American periodical Colored American Magazine: Hagar's Daughter: A Story of Southern Caste Prejudice, Winona: A Tale of Negro Life in the South and Southwest, and Of One Blood: Or, The Hidden Self. She sometimes used the pseudonym Sarah A. Allen.

Hopkins spent the remainder of her years working as a stenographer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She died in Cambridge, Massachusetts from burns sustained in a house fire.

In 1988, Oxford University Press released The Schomburg Library of Nineteenth-Century Black Women Writers with Professor Henry Louis Gates as the general editor of the series. Hopkins's novel A Romance Illustrative of Negro Life North and South (with an introduction by Richard Yarborough) was reprinted as a part of this series. Hopkins's magazine novels (with an introduction by Hazel Carby) were also reprinted as a part of this series.

Of One Blood: Or, The Hidden Self is the last of four novels written by Pauline Hopkins. She is considered by some to be the most prolific African-American woman writer and the most influential literary editor of the first decade of the twentieth century, though she is lesser known than many literary figures of the Harlem Renaissance. Of One Blood: Or, The Hidden Self first appeared in serial form in The Colored American Magazine in the November and December 1902 and the January 1903 issues of the publication, during the four-year period in which Hopkins served as its editor.

Of One Blood: Or, The Hidden Self tells the story of Reuel Briggs, a medical student who does not care about being black or appreciating African history but finds himself in Ethiopia on an archeological trip. His motive is to raid the country of lost treasures, which he does find. However, he discovers much more than he expected: the painful truth about blood, race, and the half of his history that was never told. Hopkins wrote the novel intending, in her own words, to "raise the stigma of degradation from [the Black] race." The title, Of One Blood, refers to the biological kinship of all human beings.

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Total Books: 7
Daughter of the Revolution The Major Nonfiction Works of Pauline Hopkins
2007 - Daughter of the Revolution the Major Nonfiction Works of Pauline Hopkins [Multi-Ethnic Literature of the Americas] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780813539614
ISBN-10: 0813539617
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

Of One Blood Or the Hidden Self The Givens Collection Classics
2004 - Of One Blood or the Hidden Self the Givens Collection Classics (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780743467698
ISBN-10: 0743467698
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.

Hagar's Daughter
2003 - Hagar's Daughter [Black Classics Series] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781902934075
ISBN-10: 1902934075
Genre: Literature & Fiction

The Magazine Novels of Pauline Hopkins
1990 - The Magazine Novels of Pauline Hopkins [Shomburg Library of 19th Century Black Women Writers] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780195063257
ISBN-10: 0195063252
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Nonfiction
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

Love and Kisses
Love and Kisses (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780395349212
ISBN-10: 0395349214
Genre: Literature & Fiction

A Love Supreme
A Love Supreme [Black Classics] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781874509271
ISBN-10: 1874509271
Genre: Literature & Fiction

One Blood
One Blood [Black Classics] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781874509387
ISBN-10: 1874509387
Genre: Literature & Fiction