Despite the games of love that are played throughout the novel, Davy is irresistibly drawn to Caroline (whom Davy says is "a type Jane Austen never dreamed, for all her dainty feminine beauty"). Although he is "unable to see" the ways in which Caroline affects him, she has inextricably captured his imagination.
Davy can try to run, but he can't hide. Of course, the novel has its own unique history, as it was almost lost to literary history. After When Washington Was in Vogue first appeared in 1926, the manuscript disappeared into depths of a microfiche archive--only to be discovered by chance.
Discovery of a Lost Classic
McKible's pursuit of his Ph.D. temporarily distracted him from further researching this amazing novel. Later, when he took up the manuscript again, the novels uncertain origin was a discouraging hindrance.
With the eventual discovery that the author of this anonymous work was actually Edward Christopher Williams, McKible discovered a background for the work. McKible had already discussed the possibility of publishing the manuscript in book form for the first time, but no publisher was interested in a manuscript with an anonymous author. Now, the book could be discovered by the general reading public.
The Anonymous Author
As McKible also explains in his Introduction, "Williams became the first professionally trained African-American librarian in America, and he must have understood that he was a living example of the historical development of black life in America."
In the end, McKible explains that Edward Christopher Williams "has captured a time, a place, and a psyche previously undocumented by authors of his era." Williams discussed politics, race and the state of African Americans in society. When Washington Was in Vogue presents a long-lost piece of American literary history, as it offers an unforgettable experience in unique and revolutionary literature.