Am I mis-educated and everybody knows about this but me? I just stumbled across it by accident. But I don't recall ever hearing of it.
The Quest of the Silver Fleece, by W. E. B. Du Bois
The Quest of the Silver Fleece is a story of romance,
race economics and politics set around the 1900s. Here,
a traditionally educated boy and an unschooled
“swamp girl” each begin a journey toward love,
ambition and redemption in the “Old South.”
I have heard of Souls of Black Folks too many times to
count but I don't recall hearing about a novel.