The ferns of Great Britain: illustrated by John E. Sowerby ... The descriptions, synonyms, &c., by Charles Johnson. (1855)
Charles Richard Johnson (born April 23, 1948) is a black American scholar and the author of novels, short stories, screen-and-teleplays, and essays, most often with a philosophical orientation. Johnson has directly addressed the issues of black life in America in novels such as Dreamer and Middle Passage.Middle Passage won the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction in 1990 making him the second black American male writer to receive this prize after Ralph Ellison in 1953. Johnson’s acceptance speech was a tribute to Ellison. Johnson received a MacArthur Fellowship or "Genius Grant" in 1998. He is also the recipient of National Endowment For The Arts and Guggenheim Fellowships, and many other prizes such as a 2002 Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and his most recent award is The Humanities Washington Award 2013 for creating and contributing for 15 years a new, original short story to a literary event called “Bedtime Stories,” which since 1998 has raised a million dollars for the literacy programs of the non-profit organization Humanities Washington.
Illustrations: Plates; illustrated by John E. Sowerby ; the descriptions, synonyms, &c., by Charles Johnson.; Originally published in 8 parts between 1854 and 1855, with the general t.p. dated 1855 issued in part 8.; Imprint on separate parts reads: "London: Printed by...
Edition: 8; 8th ed.; By Richard Seymour...carefully rev., very much enlarged and improved ... by Charles Johnson, esq