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'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)

Teaching the Harlem Renaissance

Course Design and Classroom Strategies

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Author: Michael Soto

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9780820497242

Category: History

Page: 247

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Teaching the Harlem Renaissance: Course Design and Classroom Strategies addresses the practical and theoretical needs of college and high school instructors offering a unit or a full course on the Harlem Renaissance. In this collection many of the field’s leading scholars address a wide range of issues and primary materials: the role of slave narrative in shaping individual and collective identity; the long-recognized centrality of women writers, editors, and critics within the �New Negro� movement; the role of the visual arts and �popular� forms in the dialogue about race and cultural expression; and tried-and-true methods for bringing students into contact with the movement’s poetry, prose, and visual art. Teaching the Harlem Renaissance is meant to be an ongoing resource for scholars and teachers as they devise a syllabus, prepare a lecture or lesson plan, or simply learn more about a particular Harlem Renaissance writer or text.

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