"A broad artistic movement that involved literature, the visual arts, and music, the Harlem Renaissance was one of the most productive eras in American cultural history. Concentrating on the literary side of the movement - the writers, works, periodicals, editors, publishers, critics, and related topics - Encyclopedia of the Harlem Literary Renaissance provides authoritative coverage and unique insight into the literature of the Harlem Renaissance. An easy-to-use resource for students, general readers, and scholars alike, this volume is rich in material on this important literary movement." More than 800 concise, A-to-Z entries detail the historical relevance of the subject and explain how the writer, work, or idea helped shape American literature. The author draws on historical studies, biographies, literary criticism, and primary materials, including letters and diaries of such Harlem Renaissance figures as Langston Hughes, Jean Toomer, W. E. B. DuBois, and Zora Neale Hurston. The book also includes a chronology, a list of works by Harlem Renaissance writers, cross-references, a bibliography, and an index.
The latest encyclopedia on this popular literary movement of the 1920s and 1930s has nearly twice as many entries as Facts On File's earlier Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance but is still less comprehensive (albeit less expensive) than the two-volume Routledge Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance or the three-volume Harlem Renaissance: A Gale Critical Companion. Brown (English, Mount Holyoke Coll.), whose teaching and writing have focused on African American studies, has gathered over 600 A-to-Z entries on authors (e.g., Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston), critics, historical figures, events, literary works, educational institutions, and other topics related to the influential movement. Written in clear and concise prose, the entries vary in length from a short paragraph to several pages but include up-to-date bibliographies. Bottom Line The A-to-Z arrangement and single-volume format enhance this book's usefulness as a ready-reference source. Also useful are the separate primary and secondary bibliographies as well as a brief chronology. Highly recommended for all literature collections, especially those lacking the Gale and Routledge titles.-William Gargan, Brooklyn Coll. Lib., CUNY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.