Classic Fiction of the Harlem Renaissance



Classic Fiction of the Harlem Renaissance

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"Classic Fiction of the Harlem Renaissance" . Ed. William L. Andrews. New York: Oxford UP, 1994. 403 pp.

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Table of contents

Karintha -- Blood-burning moon -- Bona and Paul -- Kabnis / Jean Toomer, from Cane (1923) -- Sweat (1926) -- The gilded six-bits (1933) / Zora Neale Hurston -- Home to Harlem (1928) / Claude McKay -- Miss Cynthie (1933) / Rudolph Fisher -- Quicksand (1928) / Nella Larsen -- The blues I'm playing (1934) / Langston Hughes -- From Infants of the spring, Chap. 21 (1932) / Wallace Thurman -- An introduction to contemporary Harlemese, expurgated and abridged (1928) / Rudolph Fisher.

Publisher's description

"The first collection ever assembled of the most distinctive, influential, and widely appreciated novels and short stories of the Harlem Renaissance, this anthology opens a window on one of the most extraordinary assertions of racial self-conciousness in Western literature. With an insightful introduction to provide historical context and a lucid biographical headnote about each of the authors, this volume brings together under one cover the Harlem Renaissance literature most widely taught. Short stories include "Sweat" (1926) and "The Gilded Six-Bits" (1933) by Zora Neale Hurston, Rudolph Fisher's "Miss Cynthie" (1933), and "The Blues I'm Playing" (1934) by Langston Hughes. The novels Home to Harlem (1928) by Claude McKay and Nella Larsen's Quicksand (1929) are featured in their entirety, along with major selections from Jean Toomer's Cane. Added features include a chapter from Wallace Thurman's Infants of the Spring (1932), a notorious roman a clef about the Harlem Renaissance, and Rudolph Fisher's half tongue-in-cheek "Introduction to Contemporary Harlemese, Expurgated and Abridged" (1928). For students and teachers alike, there can be no more effective or enjoyable way of exploring the intellectual concerns, the ideological perspectives, and the artistic innovations of the Harlem Renaissance."

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Commentary on anthology

• "The introduction and the introductions to each author are well done; the suggestions for additional reading are carefully selective" (Kinnamon 1997: 474).

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