A rich and important work, it masterfully echoes the black American experience. Although best known for his poetry, Hughes produced in Not Without Laughter a powerful and pioneering classic novel. This stirring coming-of-age tale unfolds in 1930s rural Kansas. A shining star of the harlem Renaissance movement, Langston Hughes is one of modern literature's most revered African-American authors.
Not Without Laughter Dover Thrift Editions - . A poignant portrait of african-american family life in the early twentieth century, it follows the story of young Sandy Rogers as he grows from a boy to a man.
Their Eyes Were Watching GodReading Essentials - When janie starks returns to her rural Florida home, her small black community is overwhelmed with curiosity about her relationship with a younger man.
The Ways of White Folks: Stories Vintage ClassicsVintage - In these acrid and poignant stories, Hughes depicted black people colliding--sometimes humorously, more often tragically--with whites in the 1920s and '30s.
The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man Dover Thrift EditionsDover Publications - The human drama is powerful and revealing — from the narrator's persistent battles with personal demons to his firsthand observations of a Southern lynching and the mingling of races in New York's bohemian atmosphere at the turn of the century. One of the most prominent african-americans of his time, songwriter, social reformer, James Weldon Johnson 1871–1938 was a successful lawyer, educator, and critic.
First published in 1912, through an anonymous narrator, the novel relates, events in the life of an American of mixed ethnicity whose exceptional abilities and ambiguous appearance allow him unusual social mobility — from the rural South to the urban North and eventually to Europe. Among his most famous works, The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man in many ways parallels Johnson's own remarkable life.
The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man Dover Thrift Editions - But it was as a poet and novelist that he achieved lasting fame. A radical departure from earlier books by black authors, this pioneering work not only probes the psychological aspects of "passing for white" but also examines the American caste and class system. Revolutionary for its time, the Autobiography remains both an unrivaled example of black expression and a major contribution to American literature.
Selected Poems of Langston Hughes Vintage ClassicsVintage - With the publication of his first book of poems, in 1926, The Weary Blues, Langston Hughes electrified readers and launched a renaissance in black writing in America. The poems hughes wrote celebrated the experience of invisible men and women: of slaves who "rushed the boots of Washington"; of musicians on Lenox Avenue; of the poor and the lovesick; of losers in "the raffle of night.
They conveyed that experience in a voice that blended the spoken with the sung, that turned poetic lines into the phrases of jazz and blues, and that ripped through the curtain separating high from popular culture. They spanned the range from the lyric to the polemic, ringing out "wonder and pain and terror-- and the marrow of the bone of life.
Selected Poems of Langston Hughes Vintage Classics - The poems in this collection were chosen by hughes himself shortly before his death in 1967 and represent work from his entire career, " "The Weary Blues, including "The Negro Speaks of Rivers, " "Montage of a Dream Deferred, " "Still Here, " "Song for a Dark Girl, " and "Refugee in America. It gives us a poet of extraordinary range, directness, and stylistic virtuosity.
The Complete Fiction of Nella LarsenDancing Unicorn Books - Nella larsen was an important writer associated with the Harlem Renaissance. Clare has chosen to pass while Irene has embraced her racial heritage and become an important member of her community. Some forms of passing are perfectly acceptable while others can lead to disaster. The novel focuses on two childhood friends, both of whom are light-skinned enough to pass as white, Clare and Irene, who have reconnected with one another after many years apart.
Collected here are both of her novels, "passing" and "Quicksand", as well as all three of her published short stories; "Freedom, " "The Wrong Man", and "Sanctuary". The novel examines how people pass on many different levels and in many different ways. While she was not prolific, her work was powerful and critically acclaimed.
The Complete Fiction of Nella Larsen - The novel is deeply pessimistic and ends as the protagonist is sucked into a life that is at odds with all that she desired. Quicksand" was autobiographical in nature and examined a woman's need for sexual fulfilment balanced against respectability and acceptance amid a deeply religious society. Passing" confronts the reality of racial passing.
The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar Illustrated- Illustrated with 10 unique illustrations.
PassingStart Publishing LLC - Generally regarded as nella larsen's best work, Passing was first published in 1929 but has received a lot of renewed attention because of its close examination of racial and sexual ambiguities. It has achieved canonical status in many American universities.
Narrative Of Sojourner TruthHarperTorch - A staunch activist, truth also gives her readers insight on gender equality issues faced by women of her time and discusses the abolitionist movement. Harpertorch brings great works of non-fiction and the dramatic arts to life in digital format, upholding the highest standards in ebook production and celebrating reading in all its forms.
Look for more titles in the HarperTorch collection to build your digital library. Hailed as an inspiring memoir during a time of slavery, The Narrative of Sojourner Truth is not just about the emancipation of an African American woman, but also the strength of her faith. Truth provides the narrative of her life, from her early years as a slave to her liberation and life as a freed woman.
Tambourines to Glory: A Novel Harlem Moon ClassicsBroadway Books - Before long they move to a thousand-seat theatre called the Tambourine Temple. Tambourines to glory introduces you to an unlikely team behind a church whose rock was the curb at 126th and Lenox. Essie belle johnson and Laura Reed live in adjoining tenement flats, adrift on public relief. Essie wants to somehow earn enough money to reunite with her daughter and provide her with a nice home; Laura loves young men, mink coats, and fine Scotch.
The two women are joined in their ministering by Birdie Lee, the little-old-lady trap drummer who can work the congregation to a feverish pitch, and Deacon Crow-For-Day, an impassioned confessor. But then laura falls for buddy, a scam artist who suggests selling to the faithful lucky numbers from Scripture and bottles of tap water as “Holy Water from the Jordan.
Even with a cadillac and piles of money from Laura, Buddy won’t stay faithful, igniting a crime of passion and betrayal. Harlem moon classics is proud to reintroduce readers of all generations to this sparkling gem from the canon of Langston Hughes. Finally available in trade paperback, friendship and betrayal, Langston Hughes’s breezy parable of good and evil, is an unforgettable portrait of 1950s Harlem and two women called to the pulpit for very different reasons.
Tambourines to Glory: A Novel Harlem Moon Classics - For every bustling jazz joint that opened in Korean War–era Harlem, a new church seemed to spring up. On a day of inspiration, the friends decide to use a thrift-store tambourine and a layaway Bible to start a church. Their sidewalk services are a hit: Laura’s a natural street performer who loves the limelight, while Essie is a charismatic singer with a quiet spirituality.
The Blacker the Berry: A Novel of Negro Life: A Library of America eBook ClassicLibrary of America - Harlem, ” is in many ways the novel’s true subject, licentious streets, glittering cabarets, the “city of surprises, its low-down, and variegated cast of characters offering a rich backdrop for Emma Lou’s ambivalent, picaresque progress. Seeking acceptance and opportunity, she moves––much like the dark-skinned young Thurman had, four years before the novel’s publication––from Idaho to California to New York.
Library of america presents a classic novel of the Harlem Renaissance: Wallace Thurman's anguished, provocative look at prejudice and exclusion in Jazz Age Harlem. The blacker the berry 1929, wallace thurman’s debut novel, ” intra-racial prejudice, broke new ground as an exploration of issues of “colorism, and internalized racism in African American life.
The Blacker the Berry: A Novel of Negro Life: A Library of America eBook Classic - Its protagonist, the young emma lou morgan, is simply “too dark” for a world in which every kind of advancement seems to require a light complexion.