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The Resource Harlem Renaissance : four novels of the 1930s, Rafia Zafar, editor

Harlem Renaissance : four novels of the 1930s, Rafia Zafar, editor

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Harlem Renaissance : four novels of the 1930s
Title
Harlem Renaissance
Title remainder
four novels of the 1930s
Statement of responsibility
Rafia Zafar, editor
Title variation
Four novels of the 1930s
Contributor
Editor
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • eng
  • eng
Summary
  • The defiant energy of the New Negro Arts Movement that flourished between World War I and the Great Depression--more famously known as the Harlem Renaissance--was indelibly articulated by Langston Hughes: "We younger Negro artists who create now intend to express our individual dark-skinned selves without fear or shame. If white people are pleased we are glad. If they are not, it doesn't matter. ... We build our temples for tomorrow, strong as we know how, and we stand on top of the mountain, free within ourselves." Hughes was just one of the novelists who transformed American literature with sometimes startling explorations of fresh subject matter--including such controversial themes as "passing" and color prejudice within the black community--and a defiant insistence that African American writers must speak for themselves. Now, for the first time, the greatest works of the movement are assembled in a definitive two-volume edition featuring authoritative texts and a chronology, biographies, and notes reflecting the latest scholarship. Together, the nine books in Harlem Renaissance Novels form a vibrant and contentious collective portrait of African American culture in a moment of tumultuous change and great promise. "In some places the autumn of 1924 may have been an unremarkable season," wrote Arna Bontemps, one of the novelists in the collection. "In Harlem it was like a foretaste of paradise."
  • Four Novels of the 1930s captures the diversity of genre and tone nourished by the Renaissance. Langston Hughes's Not Without Laughter (1931)-- the poet's only novel, an elegiac, elegantly realized coming-of-age tale suffused with childhood memories of Missouri and Kansas-- follows a young man from his rural origins to the big city. George S. Schuyler's Black No More (1931), a satire founded on the science-fiction premise of a wonder drug permitting blacks to change their race, savagely caricatures public figures white and black alike in its raucous, carnivalesque send-up of American racial attitudes. Considered the first detective story by an African American writer, Rudolph Fisher's The Conjure-Man Dies (1932) is a mystery that comically mixes and reverses stereotypes, placing a Harvard-educated African "conjure-man" at the center of a phantasmagoric charade of deaths and disappearances. Black Thunder (1936), Arna Bontemps's stirring fictional recreation of Gabriel Prosser's 1800 slave revolt, which, though unsuccessful, shook Jefferson's Virginia to its core, marks a turn from aestheticism toward political militance in its exploration of African American history
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Cataloging source
BTCTA
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
  • 1902-1967
  • 1895-1977
  • 1897-1934
  • 1902-1973
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Zafar, Rafia
  • Hughes, Langston
  • Schuyler, George S.
  • Fisher, Rudolph
  • Bontemps, Arna
Series statement
The Library of America
Series volume
218
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Prosser, Gabriel
  • Prosser, Gabriel
  • Andrae, A
  • American fiction
  • American fiction
  • American fiction
  • African Americans
  • Harlem Renaissance
  • African American boys
  • City and town life
  • Kansas
  • Human skin color
  • Satire, American
  • Picaresque literature, American
  • Harlem (New York, N.Y.)
  • Detective and mystery stories, American
  • Slave insurrections
  • Virginia
  • African American boys
  • African Americans
  • American fiction
  • American fiction
  • City and town life
  • Detective and mystery stories, American
  • Harlem Renaissance
  • Human skin color
  • Picaresque literature, American
  • Satire, American
  • Slave insurrections
  • Kansas
  • New York (State)
  • New York (State)
  • Virginia
  • Harlem renaissance
  • Harlem Renaissance
  • American fiction
  • American fiction
  • African Americans
  • Roman
  • Harlem renaissance
  • Roman
Label
Harlem Renaissance : four novels of the 1930s, Rafia Zafar, editor
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 834-848)
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Not without laughter
  • Langston Hughes
  • Black no more
  • George S. Schuyler
  • The conjure-man dies : a mystery tale of dark Harlem
  • Rudolph Fisher
  • Black thunder
  • Arna Bontemps
Control code
701019591
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
848 pages
Isbn
9781598531015
Lccn
2010942024
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
Master record variable field(s) change: 776
System control number
(OCoLC)701019591
Label
Harlem Renaissance : four novels of the 1930s, Rafia Zafar, editor
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 834-848)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Not without laughter
  • Langston Hughes
  • Black no more
  • George S. Schuyler
  • The conjure-man dies : a mystery tale of dark Harlem
  • Rudolph Fisher
  • Black thunder
  • Arna Bontemps
Control code
701019591
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
848 pages
Isbn
9781598531015
Lccn
2010942024
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
Master record variable field(s) change: 776
System control number
(OCoLC)701019591

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