The Last Leaf of Harlem: Selected and Newly Discovered Fiction by the Author of The Wedding

The Last Leaf of Harlem: Selected and Newly Discovered Fiction by the Author of The Wedding

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312261481
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 02/05/2008
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.21(w) x 8.12(h) x 1.18(d)

About the Author

DOROTHY WEST was born in Boston circa 1908. At her death in 1998, she was the last surviving member of the Harlem Renaissance. Her works include: The Living is Easy, The Wedding, and The Richer, The Poorer. LIONEL C. BASCOM is a professor of English at Western Connecticut State University. A long-time investigative journalist, Bascom has specialized lately in the discovery of forgotten or neglected literary manuscripts by early 20th Century African-Americans, black folklore and stories about black culture in the United States. He is the editor of A Renaissance in Harlem and lives in Danbury, Connecticut.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     IX
The Last Leaf: An Introduction     XIII
Early Fiction
Hannah Byde     3
The Typewriter     15
Prologue to a Life     27
Cook     42
The Five Dollar Bill     60
The WPA Years
My Baby...     71
Ghosts     82
Pluto     89
Amateur Night in Harlem: "That's Why Darkies Were Born"     94
Temple of Grace     102
Cocktail Party     111
Pulp Fiction
Jack in the Pot     123
Papa's Place     142
Bessie     149
Mother Love     156
The Puppy     163
A Boy in the House     169
The Cottagers and Mrs. Carmody     175
Skippy     180
A Matter of Money     185
Wives and Women     191
The Letters     196
Made for Each Other     201
Homecoming     206
Summer Setting     211
The Lean and the Plenty     217
Babe     222
The Richer, The Poorer     228
Interlude     234
The Long Wait     239
The BirthdayParty     245
Mrs. Creel     250
The Stairs     256
Bent Twig     262
A Tale of Christmas and Love     267
Chronology     275
Selected Bibliography     279

Recipe

A literary event—selected and previously uncollected fiction by the woman who was the last surviving member of the Harlem Renaissance.

When Dorothy West died in 1998, she was the last surviving member of the Harlem Renaissance, a contemporary of Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, and Richard Wright. Popular history holds that between the publication of her two novels (The Living is Easy in 1948 and The Wedding in 1995), Dorothy West fell silent.

In fact, there was never a time in Dorothy West’s life in which she was not writing and publishing. The Last Leaf of Harlem gathers West’s writing from these supposedly silent years--syndicated fiction in the New York Daily News, pieces for the Work Progress Administration’s Federal Writer’s Project, and publications in small journals and magazines--along with known and beloved pieces by this extraordinary writer.

Many of these stories, describing and exploring marriage, loss, family life, and poverty were lost until now. The Last Leaf of Harlem brings together the almost-forgotten pieces of Dorothy West’s lifework, and gives the reader a fresh look into a remarkable writer and career.  

DOROTHY WEST was born in Boston circa 1908. At her death in 1998, she was the last surviving member of the Harlem Renaissance. Her works include: The Living is Easy, The Wedding, and The Richer, The Poorer. LIONEL C. BASCOM is a professor of English at Western Connecticut State University. A long-time investigative journalist, Bascom has specialized lately in the discovery of forgotten or neglected literary manuscripts by early 20thCentury African-Americans, black folklore and stories about black culture in the United States. He is the editor of A Renaissance in Harlem and lives in Danbury, Connecticut.

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