Encyclopedia of the Harlem Literary Renaissance

Author Lois Brown

A broad artistic movement of the 1920s and early '30s that involved literature, the visual arts and music, the Harlem Renaissance was one of the most productive eras in American literary history. Concentrating on the literary side of the movement — the writers, works, periodicals, editors, publishers, critics and related topics — "Encyclopedia of the Harlem Literary Renaissance" provides authoritative coverage and unique insight into the literature of the Harlem Renaissance. An easy-to-use resource for students, general readers and scholars alike, this volume is rich in material on this important literary movement.

More than 800 concise, A-to-Z entries detail the historical relevance of the subject and explain how the writer, work or idea helped fundamentally reshape American literature. The author draws on historical studies, biographies, literary criticism and primary materials, including letters and diaries of such Harlem Renaissance figures as Langston Hughes, Jean Toomer, W.E.B. DuBois and Zora Neale Hurston. The book also includes a chronology, a list of works by Harlem Renaissance writers, 35 black-and-white photographs and illustrations, cross-references, a bibliography and an index.


Lois Brown is professor of English in literature at Arizona State University, where she directs the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy.

Praise for this book

From historical studies to literary criticism, primary source materials and quotes throughout make [this encyclopedia] an important mainstay for either high school or college-level literary holdings.

Midwest Book Review

Written in clear and concise prose... The A-to-Z arrangement and single-volume format enhance this book's usefulness as a ready-reference source. Also useful are the separate primary and secondary bibliographies as well as a brief chronology. Highly recommended for all literature collections.

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