Life-Story of the Child Evangelist Lonnie Lawrence Dennis, Written by Himself

London: The Christian Herald, [1904].

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Hardcover. First (only?) edition. Small octavo. 100pp. Photographic frontispiece portrait of Dennis (full-length) and title page with a second steel-engraved portrait, further illustrations within (including himself with father and mother). Blue boards with gilt titles and author’s long-haired portrait. Corners mildly worn, front hinge a little tender, closed tear to page 29, light handling wear and soiling, very good or a little better.

Dennis, born in Atlanta, Georgia, to a French / Native American father and an African American / Native American mother, very early became a child evangelist preaching to African-American audiences in Georgia. He later decided to pass as white, went to Phillips Exeter Academy and then Harvard, served in the military and became a diplomat serving most notably in Nicaragua. In the 1930s. Dennis became the leading American intellectual supporting fascism, to the point that he was tried for subversion in 1944 for his fascist views (the indictment was dismissed after the death of the trial judge).

In Ralph Ellison's novel *Juneteenth* Dennis was the model for Bliss, the light-skinned African-American orphan who tours the South as a boy preacher, runs away, and re-emerges as the race-baiting, reactionary U.S. senator.


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Life-Story of the Child Evangelist Lonnie Lawrence Dennis, Written by Himself. Lonnie Lawrence DENNIS.
Life-Story of the Child Evangelist Lonnie Lawrence Dennis, Written by Himself