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Subject: T/Q: Materials on Harlem Renaissance


Here is a short, but ambitious request for materials on the Harlem Renaissance. This is a huge topic, of course. But if people contribute a title or two each, we should be able to put together a nice set of resources for ourselves.
Personally, I would enjoy seeing interesting groupings people have discovered between traditionally literary and nonliterary pieces in the Harlem Renaissance. Any other materials--per the posting--on anthologies and A-V materials are most welcome too.
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Subj: Harlem Renaissance

Help! Teaching a course on the Harlem Renaissance, Fall 1994. Need info on audio- visual materials, texts, anthologies, literary criticism, etc. related to African-American writers, 1920-40. Thanks.


  1. Adoff, Arnold. I Am the Darker Brother: An Anthology of Modern Poems by Negro Americans. New York: MacMillan, 1968.

  2. "Afro-American Writers before the Harlem Renaissance." Dictionary of Literary Biography. Detroit: Gale, 1986.

  3. "Afro-American Writers from the Harlem Renaissance to 1940." Dictionary of Literary Biography. Detroit: Gale, 1987.

  4. American Writers: A Collection of Literary Biographies. New York: Scribner, 1974.

  5. Anderson, Jervis. This Was Harlem. New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1982.

  6. Andrews, William. Classic Fiction of the Harlem Renaissance. New York: Oxford UP, 1994.

  7. Baker, Houston A. Modernism and the Harlem Renaissance. Chicago: U of Chicago Press, 1987.

  8. Basset, John Earl. Harlem in Review: Critical Reactions to Black American Writers. Selinsgrove: Susquehanna UP, 1992.

  9. Black Literature Criticism: Excerpts from Criticism of the Most Significant Works of Black Authors over the Past 200 Years. Detroit: Gale, 1992.

  10. Bloom, Harold, ed. American Fiction 1914-1945. New York: Chelsea House, 1987.

  11. Bloom, Harold, ed. American Poetry 1915 to 1945. New York: Chelsea House, 1987.

  12. Bloom, Harold, ed. James Baldwin. New York: Chelsea House, 1986.

  13. Bloom, Harold, ed. Langston Hughes. New York: Chelsea House, 1989.

  14. Bodenheim, Maxwell. Naked on Roller Skates. New York: Horace Liveright, 1930.

  15. Brown, Sterling Allen. The Collected Poems. New York: Harper & Row, 1980.

  16. Cullen, Countee. Caroling Dusk: An Anthology of Verse by Negro Poets. New York: Harper & Row, 1955.

  17. Cullen, Countee. Color. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1925.

  18. Cullen, Countee. My Soul's High Song. New York: Doubleday, 1991.

  19. Curley, Dorothy Nyren, ed. A Library of Literary Criticism: Modern American Literature. New York: F. Ungar, 1960.

  20. Davis, Frank Marshall. Livin' the Blues: Memoirs of a Black Jounalist and Poet. Madison, WI: U of Wisconsin Press, 1992.

  21. Duberman, Martin, ed. Hidden from History: Reclaiming the Gay and Lesbian Past. New York: New American Library, 1989.

  22. DuBois, W.E.B. The Souls of Black Folk. Millwood, NY: Kraus-Thomson Organization Ltd., 1973.

  23. Early, Gerald, ed. Speech and Power: the African-American Essay and its Cultural Content from Polemics to Pulpit. New York: Ecco Press, 1992.

  24. Emanuel, James A. Langston Hughes. Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1967.

  25. Fauset, Jessie Redmon. Plum Bun: A Novel without a Moral. Boston: Beacon Press, 1990.

  26. Fauset, Jessie Redmon. There Is Confusion. Boston: Northeastern UP, 1989.

  27. Fisher, Rudolph. Walls of Jericho. Ann Arbor, MI: U of Michigan Press, 1994.

  28. Hamlian, Leo. The Roots of African American Drama: An Anthology of Early Plays, 1858-1938. Detroit: Wayne State UP, 1991.

  29. Harlem Renaissance: Art of Black America. New York: Studio Museum in Harlem, 1987.

  30. Honey, Maureen. Shadowed Dreams: Women's Poetry of the Harlem Renaissance. New Brunswick: Rutgers UP, 1989.

  31. Huggins, Nathan. Harlem Renaissance. New York: Oxford UP, 1971.

  32. Huggins, Nathan, ed. Voices from the Harlem Renaissance. New York: Oxford UP, 1976.

  33. Hughes, Langston, ed. A Pictoral History of the Negro in America. New York: Crown Publishers, 1983.

  34. Hughes, Langston. Selected Poems. New York: Vintage Books, 1987.

  35. Hughes, Langston. The Weary Blues. New York: Knopf, 1926.

  36. Hull, Gloria T. Color, Sex, And Poetry: Three Women Writers of the Harlem Renaissance. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1987.

  37. Johnson, James Weldon. God's Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse. New York: Viking Press, 1980.

  38. Johnson, James Weldon. Saint Peter Relates an Incident. New York: Penguin Books, 1993.

  39. Johnson, James Weldon. The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man. New York: Vintage Books, 1989.

  40. Johnson, James Weldon. The Book of American Negro Poetry. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1983.

  41. Kellner, Bruce, ed. The Harlem Renaissance: A Historical Dictionary for the Era. Westport, CN: Greenwood Press, 1984.

  42. Knopf, Marcy, ed. The Sleeper Wakes: Harlem Renaissance Stories by Women. New Bruswick, NJ: Rutgers UP, 1993.

  43. Larsen, Nella. Quicksand; and Passing. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers UP, 1986.

  44. Lauter, Paul, ed. The Heath Anthology of American Literature. Lexington, MA: D.C. Heath, 1990.

  45. Lewis, David. The Portable Harlem Renaissance Reader. New York: Viking, 1994.

  46. Lewis, David. When Harlem Was in Vogue. New York: Knopf, 1981.

  47. Locke, Alain. The New Negro: An Interpretation. New York: Johnson Reprint Corp, 1968.

  48. McKay, Claude. A Long Way From Home. New York: Arno Press, 1969.

  49. McKay, Claude. Harlem Shadows. New York: Harcourt, Brace & Co., 1992.

  50. McKay, Claude. Home to Harlem. Chatham, NJ: Chatham Bookseller, 1973.

  51. Morrison, Toni. Jazz. New York: Knopf, 1992.

  52. O'Neill, Eugene. Plays. New York: Horace Liveright, 1925.

  53. Reed, Ishmael. Mumbo Jumbo. New York: Atheneum, 1989.

  54. Reference Library of Black America. New York: Bellwether Publishing Co., 1971.

  55. Roses, Lorraine Elena. Harlem Renaissance and Beyond: Literary Biographies of 100 Black Women Writers. Boston: G.K. Hall, 1990.

  56. Russ, Robert A. The Harlem Renaissance: A Selected Bibliography. New York: AMS, 1987.

  57. Schuyler, George Samuel. Black No More: Being an Account of the Strange and Wonderful Workings of Science in the Land of the Free, A.D. 1933-1940. Boston: Northeastern UP, 1989.

  58. Toomer, Jean. Cane. New York: Liveright, 1993.

  59. Van Vechten, Carl. Nigger Heaven. New York: A.A. Knopf, 1926.

  60. Walker, Margaret. How I wrote Jubilee and Other Essays on Life and Literature. New York: Feminist Press at the City University of New York, 1990.

  61. Walrond, Eric. Tropic Death. New York: Collier Books, 1972.

  62. Wintz, Cary D. Black Culture and the Harlem Renaissance. Houston: Rice UP, 1988.

  63. Wright, Richard. Black Boy, a Record of Childhood and Youth. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1945.

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