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Edna LewisAt the Table with an American Original$
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Sara B. Franklin

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781469638553

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469638553.001.0001

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Edna Lewis: Selected Portraits

Edna Lewis: Selected Portraits

(p.136) Edna Lewis: Selected Portraits
Edna Lewis

John T. Hill

University of North Carolina Press

I don’t remember how I first learned about Edna Lewis—only that once I heard her name, she was everywhere. Like a word you learn and then hear on the radio the next day. Like an echo. My curiosity to learn more about her grew into something like hunger. But traces of Edna Lewis in the public record were hard to come by. When the local public library didn’t have her books, I bought them secondhand. I read them many times before I started to cook from them. I started feeling that Edna Lewis was something like my friend. And stranger still—other people, even those who never knew her—seemed to feel the same way. This essay traces my friendship with a woman I have never met, indeed will never know. It asks what I have been asking myself for six years now: What is it about Edna Lewis that renders her always partially out of view, hard to get a hold of and harder still to let go?...

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