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Passing Strange: A Gilded Age Tale of Love and Deception Across the Color Line

 
 
 
 
Passing Strange: A Gilded Age Tale of Love and Deception Across the Color Line
Author: Martha A. Sandweiss
ISBN 13: 9780143116868
ISBN 10: 14311686
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: 2010-01-26
Format: Paperback
Pages: 400
List Price: $18.00
 
 

Noted historian Martha A. Sandweiss tells the uniquely American story of Clarence King, a man who hid from his Gilded Age cohorts and prominent family the fact that he lived a double life—-as the celebrated white explorer, geologist, and writer King and as a black Pullman porter and steelworker named James Todd.

The New York Times - Janet Maslin

Passing Strange tells an astounding true story that would beggar most novelists' imaginations…Ms. Sandweiss offers a fine, mesmerizing account of how one extremely secretive man, "acting from a complicated mix of loyalty and self-interest, reckless desire and social conservatism," could encapsulate his country's shifting ideas about race in the course of one family's anything but black-and-white history.