Review by Choice Review
In the first two volumes of a projected multivolume series of the papers of Martin Luther King Jr., volume 1 covers childhood through his graduation from Crozer Theological Seminary; volume 2 moves from King's years at Boston University, through his first year at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, to the eve of the bus boycott. The material is selected but representative. Each volume also includes, for the time period involved, an introduction, essentially a serial biography; a chronology of King's life and related events; a calendar of known King writings, whether printed in the volume or not; and an index and illustrations. Each item also includes a headnote and the editors' annotations, in impeccable scholarly style. In both volumes, the editors address clearly and unemotionally the controversial issue of King's plagiarism as a student, noting that although there is no evidence that King knowingly plagiarized, his written work is "flawed by unacknowledged textual appropriations." The editors' citations from the other works involved allow readers to make their own judgments. These papers, with their masterly editorial work, offer general readers and scholars a wealth of insights into King's personal and religious development in his formative years. Upper-division undergraduates and above. T. H. Baker; University of Arkansas at Little Rock
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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review
Glimmers of the galvanic orator that Martin Luther King Jr. would become sporadically flicker through this compilation of his college and seminary papers (which got As and Bs), early speeches, boyhood letters, articles and miscellany. First installment in a multivolume edition of the civil rights leader's works, this volume will appeal chiefly to scholars. King's youthful writings reflect his restless, inquiring intellect, his balancing of Christian liberalism with neo-orthodoxy, his call to the ministry and growing political awareness. The insightful introductory essay ably traces his religious doubts and search for a personal relationship with God; it also describes his early encounters with racism. Carson is professor of history at Stanford, Luker associate professor of history at Antioch, Russell a doctoral candidate at Stanford. Photos. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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