'Eslanda' by Barbara Ransby

Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library

'Eslanda' by Barbara Ransby

Eslanda RobesonEslanda "Essie" Cardozo Goode Robeson was the wife and business manager of the great musical legend Paul Robeson. She was born in Washington, D.C. in 1896 and attended the University of Illinois and Columbia University. One of her first jobs led her to be the first African American to serve as the head histological chemist of Surgical Pathology at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Eslanda married Paul Robeson in 1921 and had their only child, Paul Robeson Jr., in 1927. She would later write her first book in 1930, a biography of her husband, Paul Robeson, Negro.  

Pursuing her own career initiatives, Eslanda graduated with a degree in anthropology, traveled to Africa and would write African Journey. She would write a third book, edited by Pearl S. Buck, named American Argument, where she dialogued about race, politics and society in general. Ms. Robeson was also a world activist and fought for the decolonization of Africa and Asia. She was also an UN correspondent for the New World Review. She was an outstanding and interesting person.

Don't take our word for it -- come in and check out the book Eslanda: The Large and Unconventional Life of Mrs. Paul Robeson for yourself.

Here are a few more titles about the Robesons:

Paul Robes: Artist and CitizenPaul Robeson: Artist and Citizen
By Jeffrey C. Stewart, Paul Robeson Cultural Center, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum
Call Number: 92 R653S
Paul Robeson, The years of promise and achievementPaul Robeson: The Years of Promise of Achievement and Achievement  
By Sheila Tully Boyle
Call Number: 92 R653BO
A Black WayA Black Way of Seeing: From "Liberty" to Freedom
By Paul Robeson Jr.
Call Number: 973.0496 R653

-- Martin Burrows