Nigger Heaven

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Author: Carl Van Vechten

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252068607

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 286

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Here upper-class elites discuss art in well-appointed drawing rooms; rowdy and lascivious drunks spend long nights in jazz clubs and speakeasies; and politically conscious young intellectuals drink coffee and debate "the race problem" in walkup apartments. At the center of the story, two young people - a quiet, serious librarian and a volatile aspiring writer - struggle to love each other as their dreams are slowly suffocated by racism.

Nigger Heaven

Roman

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Author: Carl van Vechten

Publisher: Metrolit

ISBN: 3849300099

Category: Fiction

Page: 271

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Als Nigger Heaven 1926 erschien, verursachte das Buch einen handfesten Skandal und wurde zum meist diskutierten Roman der Saison. Im Mittelpunkt steht ein junges Paar, eine Bibliothekarin und ein Möchtegern-Schriftsteller, gefangen im Tauziehen zwischen ihren Ambitionen, dem latenten Rassismus und den Versprechungen der afroamerikanischen Kultur Harlems. Van Vechten entführt den Leser in die Clubs und Bars und auf die Straßen Harlems. Er erzählt von der afroamerikanischen Kultur, ihrer Musik und Kunst und beschreibt die Lebensfreude und die Ausschweifungen der schwarzen Intellektuellen und der davon magisch angezogenen weißen Boheme.

Nigger's Heaven

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Author: Terence Jackson

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595316662

Category: Fiction

Page: 120

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Few contemporary writers share the remarkable talent of Terence E.Jackson-A talent for telling a story with brightly-lit realism, for depicting characters with extraordinary sharpness and insight, and for inciting his readers to agree or disagree with his viewpoint. Mr. Jackson has indeed done what many of his peers have failed to do. That is restore the African-American novel to it's rightful place. Like a bullet being fired from a gun, Nigger's Heaven grabs hold from the first page and never lets go. Nigger's Heaven is a story all readers will want to know and that none will ever forget.

Wallace Thurman's Harlem Renaissance

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Author: Eleonore van Notten

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9789051836929

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 365

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Wallace Thurman (1902 - 1934) played a pivotal role in creating and defining the Harlem Renaissance. Thurman's complicated life as a black writer is described here for the first time: from his birth in Salt Lake City, Utah; through his quixotic and spotty education; to his arrival and residence in New York City at the height of the New Negro Movement in Harlem. Seen as it often is through the life of Langston Hughes, the Harlem Renaissance is celebrated as a highly successful Afro-centrist achievement. Seen from Thurman's perspective, as set against the historical and cultural background of the Jazz Age, the accomplishments of the Harlem Renaissance appear more qualified and more equivocal. In Thurman's view the Harlem Renaissance's failure to live up to its initial promise resulted from an ideological underpinning which was overwhelmingly concerned with race. He felt that the movement's self-consciousness and faddism compromised the aesthetic standards of many of its writers and artists, including his own.

Carl Van Vechten and the Harlem Renaissance

A Critical Assessment

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Author: Leon Coleman

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780815331261

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 185

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This book evaluates Carl Van Vechten's contribution to the Harlem Renaissance by presenting hitherto unexamined documentary evidence. The author draws on correspondence, manuscripts, personal memorabilia, and published materials to examine the origins and development of the period in the 1920s which was termed the "New Negro Renaissance." In the later years of the 1920s, as a result of the success of his novel,Nigger Heaven, Carl Van Vechten received extensive publicity associating him with Harlem and with the Harlem Renaissance. The vehement controversy which the book aroused among African American critics and the black press, who attacked it, and the African American authors and friends of Van Vechten who defended it, obscured the true extent of Van Vechten's role in the Harlem Renaissance. This study sheds light on the Van Vechten controversy which has continued to the present day. (Ph.D. dissertation, University of Minnesota, 1969; revised with new preface)

The Selected Writings of James Weldon Johnson: Social, political, and literary essays

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Author: James Weldon Johnson,Sondra K. Wilson

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 0195076451

Category: Social Science

Page: 480

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These two volumes of writings represent Johnson's experiences as one of black America's premier civil rights statesmen, and leader, participant, and historian of the Black Literary Movement of the 1920s.

Generations in Black and White

Photographs from the James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection

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Author: Rudolph P. Byrd

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 0820346993

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 200

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This portfolio of eighty-three photographs constitutes a stunning celebration of African American achievement in the twentieth century. Carl Van Vechten, a longtime patron of black writers and artists, took these photographs over the course of three decades—primarily as gifts to his subjects, such luminaries as W. E. B. Du Bois, Langston Hughes, Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Joe Louis, James Baldwin, Richard Wright, Ruby Dee, Lena Horne, and James Earl Jones. The photographs Rudolph P. Byrd has selected for this volume come from the James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection of Negro Arts and Letters, which Van Vechten established at Yale University. Byrd has arranged the images chronologically, according to the time at which each subject emerged as a vital presence in African American tradition. Complementing the photographs are a substantial introduction by Byrd, biographical sketches of each subject, and poems by the noted writer Michael S. Harper. The result is a volume of beauty and power, a record of black excellence that will engage and inform new generations.

Images of Black Modernism

Verbal and Visual Strategies of the Harlem Renaissance

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Author: Miriam Thaggert

Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Press

ISBN: 1558498311

Category: History

Page: 248

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Examines the intersecting contributions of writers and visual artists during a key period in African American cultural history

Carl Van Vechten and the Harlem Renaissance

A Portrait in Black and White

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Author: Emily Bernard

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300183291

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 368

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By the time of his death in 1964, Carl Van Vechten had been a far-sighted journalist, a best-selling novelist, a consummate host, an exhaustive archivist, a prescient photographer, and a Negrophile bar non. A white man with an abiding passion for blackness.

Encyclopedia of African-American Literature

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Author: N.A

Publisher: Infobase Learning

ISBN: 1438140592

Category: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Page: 626

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Presents a reference on African American literature providing profiles of notable and little-known writers and their works, literary forms and genres, critics and scholars, themes and terminology and more.

Beloved Harlem

A Literary Tribute to Black America's Most Famous Neighborhood, From theClassics to The Contemporary

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Author: William H. Banks, Jr.

Publisher: Broadway Books

ISBN: 0307514072

Category: Fiction

Page: 544

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A passionate ode to an American mecca, Beloved Harlem is a literary look into the vibrant African-American haven, edited by one of its celebrated native sons. William H. Banks, Jr., combines the classics with the contemporary as he showcases some of the best essays, short stories, and novel excerpts inspired by the diversity of Harlem life, from the early twentieth century to the new millennium. The days and nights of black Manhattan come alive in the words of historically famous writers like W.E.B. Dubois, Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, Dorothy West, Ossie Davis, and Toni Morrison, along with the works of brilliant newcomers to the neighborhood, including Brian Keith Jackson’s witty examination of identity politics in The Queen of Harlem and Rosemarie Robatham’s “Dreaming in Harlem,” a moving tale about a woman at the edge of society who finds sanctuary with a stranger. From renaissance through tough times to revitalization, this triumphant homage gives Harlem the historical perspective it so rightly deserves. Beloved Harlem is a welcome addition to the libraries of readers who are either already in love with Harlem or ready to take the fall. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Big Sea

An Autobiography

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Author: Langston Hughes

Publisher: Hill and Wang

ISBN: 1466883499

Category: Social Science

Page: 368

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Introduction by Arnold Rampersad. Langston Hughes, born in 1902, came of age early in the 1920s. In The Big Sea he recounts those memorable years in the two great playgrounds of the decade--Harlem and Paris. In Paris he was a cook and waiter in nightclubs. He knew the musicians and dancers, the drunks and dope fiends. In Harlem he was a rising young poet--at the center of the "Harlem Renaissance." Arnold Rampersad writes in his incisive new introduction to The Big Sea, an American classic: "This is American writing at its best--simpler than Hemingway; as simple and direct as that of another Missouri-born writer...Mark Twain."

Modern American Literature

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Author: Catherine Morley

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748668292

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 352

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An incisive study of modern American literature, casting new light on its origins and themes.

The Contemporary African American Novel

Its Folk Roots and Modern Literary Branches

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Author: Bernard W. Bell

Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Press

ISBN: 9781558494732

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 490

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In 1987 Bernard W. Bell published "The Afro-American Novel and Its Tradition", a comprehensive interpretive history of more than 150 novels written by African Americans from 1853 to 1983. This is a sequel and companion to the earlier work, expanding the coverage to 2001.