Classic Fiction of the Harlem Renaissance

Paperback | May 1, 1994

byWilliam L. Andrews

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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-consciousness in Western literature. With an insightfulintroduction 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 chapterfrom 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 enjoyableway of exploring the intellectual concerns, the ideological perspectives, and the artistic innovations of the Harlem Renaissance.

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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-consciousness in Western literature. With an insightfulintroduction to provide historical context a...

William L. Andrews is at University of Kansas.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 9.25 × 6.14 × 0.79 inPublished:May 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019508196X

ISBN - 13:9780195081961

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Table of Contents

IntroductionJean Toomer: Cane (1923)Zora Neale Hurston: "Sweat" (1926)Zora Neale Hurston: "The Gilded Six-Bits" (1933)Claude McKay: Home to Harlem (1928)Rudolph Fisher: "Miss Cynthia" (1933)Nella Larsen: Quicksand (1929)Langston Hughes: "The Blues I'm Playing" (1934)Wallace Thurman: from Infants of the Spring (1932)Fisher: "An Introduction to Contemporary Harlemese" (1928)

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"A complete and necessary collection."--Jeffrey S. Cofer, Bellevue Community College, WA