Harlem Renaissance

Paperback | June 3, 2007

byNathan Irvin HugginsForeword byArnold Rampersad

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A finalist for the 1972 National Book Award, hailed by The New York Times Book Review as "brilliant" and "provocative," Nathan Huggins' Harlem Renaissance was a milestone in the study of African-American life and culture. Now this classic history is being reissued, with a new foreword byacclaimed biographer Arnold Rampersad. As Rampersad notes, "Harlem Renaissance remains an indispensable guide to the facts and features, the puzzles and mysteries, of one of the most provocative episodes in African-American and American history." Indeed, Huggins offers a brilliant account of the creative explosion in Harlem during thesepivotal years. Blending the fields of history, literature, music, psychology, and folklore, he illuminates the thought and writing of such key figures as Alain Locke, James Weldon Johnson, and W.E.B. DuBois and provides sharp-eyed analyses of the poetry of Claude McKay, Countee Cullen, and LangstonHughes. But the main objective for Huggins, throughout the book, is always to achieve a better understanding of America as a whole. As Huggins himself noted, he didn't want Harlem in the 1920s to be the focus of the book so much as a lens through which readers might see how this one moment in timesheds light on the American character and culture, not just in Harlem but across the nation. He strives throughout to link the work of poets and novelists not only to artists working in other genres and media but also to economic, historical, and cultural forces in the culture at large. This superb reissue of Harlem Renaissance brings to a new generation of readers one of the great works in African-American history and indeed a landmark work in the field of American Studies.

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A finalist for the 1972 National Book Award, hailed by The New York Times Book Review as "brilliant" and "provocative," Nathan Huggins' Harlem Renaissance was a milestone in the study of African-American life and culture. Now this classic history is being reissued, with a new foreword byacclaimed biographer Arnold Rampersad. As Ramper...

Nathan Irvin Huggins was W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of History and Afro-American Studies and Director of the Du Bois Institute at Harvard University until his death in 1989. His books include Slave and Citizen: The Life of Frederick Douglass, Black Odyssey: The African-American Ordeal in Slavery, and Voices From the Harlem Renaissance. ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:390 pages, 5.31 × 7.91 × 0.98 inPublished:June 3, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195063368

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Foreword by Arnold RampersadIntroductionCh. 1: Harlem: Capital of the Black WorldCh. 2: The New NegroCh. 3: Heart of DarknessCh. 4: Art: The Black IdentityCh. 5: Art: The Ethnic ProvinceCh. 6: White/Black Faces - Black MasksEpilogueNotesIndex