The Portable Harlem Renaissance Reader

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Gathering a representative sampling of the New Negro Movement's most important figures, and providing substantial introductory essays, headnotes, and brief biographical notes, Lewis' volume—organized chronologically—includes the poetry and prose of Sterling Brown, Countee Cullen, W. E. B. Du Bois, Zora Neale Hurston, James Weldon Johnson, and others.

From its beginnings in 1919, with soldiers returning from the Great War, to its sputtering end in 1934, with the ...

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Overview

Gathering a representative sampling of the New Negro Movement's most important figures, and providing substantial introductory essays, headnotes, and brief biographical notes, Lewis' volume—organized chronologically—includes the poetry and prose of Sterling Brown, Countee Cullen, W. E. B. Du Bois, Zora Neale Hurston, James Weldon Johnson, and others.

From its beginnings in 1919, with soldiers returning from the Great War, to its sputtering end in 1934, with the Great Depression, the New Negro Movement in arts and letters proclaimed the experience of African American men and women. This magnificent volume features a wealth of fiction and nonfiction works by 45 writers from that exuberant era.

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Editor Lewis is a noted author of several books, e.g., When Harlem Was in Vogue ( LJ 3/15/81) and, most recently, W.E.B. DuBois: Biography of a Race, 1868-1919 ( LJ 8/93). This hefty tome features many significant essays, poems, and stories not readily available to all scholars that are drawn from African American journals of the period, including Opportunity, Crisis, and Fire! In his introduction, Lewis carefully explores tension within this arts and letters movement. The collected excerpts of writers like Cullen, Hurston, Hughes, McKay, DuBois, and Wright represent a balance between those Renaissance supporters and writers who ``saw the small cracks in the wall of racism that could, they anticipated, be widened through the production of exemplary racial images'' and those who ``saw art not as politics by other means--civil rights between covers or from a stage or an easel.'' This anthology will balance and enhance any modern American literature collection.-- Faye A. Chadwell, Univ. of South Carolina Lib., Columbia
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140170368
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/1995
  • Series: Portable Library Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 816
  • Sales rank: 348,577
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 7.78 (h) x 1.47 (d)

Table of Contents


Table of Contents
Introduction
Chronology
Part I. Essays and Memoirs
Returning Soldiers
W. E. B. Du Bois
The Migration of the Talented Tenth
Carter G. Woodson
Gift of the Black Tropics
W. A. Domingo
Africa for the Africans
Marcus Garvey
Liberty Hall Emancipation Day Speech
On Marcus Garvey
Mary White Ovington
Black Manhattan James Weldon Johnson
The New Negro
Alain Locke
Jazz at Home Joel A. Rogers
Reflections on O'Neill's Plays Paul Robeson
The Negro Digs Up His Past Arthur A. Schomburg
The Task of Negro Womanhood
Elise Johnson McDougald from The Big Sea
Langston Hughes
When the Negro Was in Vogue
Harlem Literati
Parties
The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain
The Negro-Art Hokum George S. Schuyler Criteria of Negro Art
W. E. B. Du Bois
Critiques of Carl Van Vechten's Nigger Heaven
Du Bois J. W. Johnson
The Caucasian Storms Harlem Rudolph Fisher
Aaron Douglas Chats about the Harlem Renaissance
Aaron Douglas
Negro Art and America
Albert C. Barnes
The Negro Takes His Place in American Art
Alain Locke
The Negro Artist and Modern Art Romare Bearden from Dust Tracks on a Road Zora Neale Hurston from A Long Way from Home
Claude McKay
The Harlem Intelligentsia
The New Negro in Paris
La Bourgeoisie Noire E. Franklin Frazier
With Langston Hughes in the USSR
Louise Thompson Patterson
Harlem Runs Wild
Claude Mckay
Blueprint for Negro Writing Richard Wright
The Negro Renaissance and Its Significance
Charles S. Johnson
Part II. Poetry
Song Gwendolyn Bennett
Hatred
The Day-Breakers Arna Bontemps
Golgotha Is a Mountain
Southern Road Sterling Brown
Odyssey of Big Boy
Frankie and Johnny
Ma Rainey
Long Gone
Georgie Grimes
Remembering Nat Turner
The Young Voice Cries
Mae Cowdery
The Wayside Well
Joseph S. Cotter
For a Lady I Know
Countee Cullen
Incident
Harlem Wine
Yet Do I Marvel
Heritage
From the Dark Tower
To a Brown Boy
Tableau
Saturday's Child
Two Poets
To France
Nothing Endures
Requiescam
The Death Bed
Waring Cuney
La Vie C'est la Vie Jessie Redmon Fauset
Dead Fires
The Negro Speaks of Rivers
Langston Hughes
I, Too
America
The Weary Blues
Jazzonia
Mother to Son
Negro
Mulatto
Elevator Boy
Red Silk Stockings
Ruby Brown
Elderly Race Leaders
Dream Variation
Goodbye, Christ
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Children of the Sun Fenton Johnson
The Banjo Player
Let Me Not Lose My Dream
Georgia Douglas Johnson
Old Black Men
Black Woman
The Heart of a Woman
I Want to Die While You Love Me
My Race Helene Johnson
A Southern Road
Sonnet to a Negro in Harlem
Poem
The White Witch James Weldon Johnson
The Color Sergeant
O Black and Unknown Bards
Go Down Death
The Creation
If We Must Die
Claude McKay
Baptism
The White House
The Negro's Friend
On a Primitive Canoe
The Tropics in New York
When Dawn Comes to the City
The Desolate City
The Harlem Dancer
St. Isaac's Church, Petrograd
Barcelona
Lady, Lady Anne Spencer
Song of the Son Jean Toomer
Georgia Dusk
The Blue Meridian
Part III. Fiction from The Emperor Jones Eugene O'Neill from Cane Jean Toomer
Karintha
Fern
Bona and Paul
Birthright T. S. Stribling from There Is Confusion Jessie Redmon Fauset from Plum Bun from The Fire in the Flint Walter White
Wedding Day Gwendolyn Bennett from Home to Harlem
Claude McKay
Snowstorm in Pittsburgh
Spring in Harlem from Banjo
Banjo's Ace of Spades from Banana Bottom from Quicksand
Nella Larsen from Passing from The Closing Door Angelina Weld Grimke
The Typewriter
Dorothy West from The Dark Princess
W. E. B. Du Bois from The Walls of Jericho Rudolph Fisher from Tropic Death Eric Walrond
The Wharf Rats
The Yellow One
Smoke, Lilies and Jade Richard Bruce Nugent
Luani of the Jungles
Langston Hughes from Not Without Laughter
Thursday Afternoon from The Ways of White Folks
Father and Son
The Blues I'm Playing
Cordelia the Crude Wallace Thurman
Harlem: A Forum of Negro Life from The Blacker the Berry...
from Infants of the Spring from Black No More George Schuyler from God Sends Sunday Arna Bontemps from Black Thunder from One Way to Heaven
Countee Cullen
Drenched in Light Zora Neale Hurston
Color Struck
Jonah's Gourd Vine from Mule-Bone Zora Neale Hurston
Langston Hughes
Biographical Notes
Acknowledgments
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