By Roger Lathbury
A complete reference consultant to the modernist flow in American literature, this quantity offers a wealth of knowledge on American modernism, the misplaced new release, modernism within the American novel, the Harlem Renaissance, modernism in poetry and drama, and the literary tradition of the Moderns. Writers lined contain: Countee Cullen, E. E. Cummings, John Dos Passos, T. S. Eliot, William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sigmund Freud, Robert Frost, Ernest Hemingway, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Sinclair Lewis, Eugene O'Neill, Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein, and extra.
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Eventually, he moved to Greenwich Village, then as now a venue associated with leftist politics and artistic experimentation. McKay was dismayed by the racism he encountered in America: Although she feeds me bread of bitterness, And sinks into my throat her tiger’s tooth, Stealing my breath of life, I will confess I love this cultured hell that tests my youth! His anger found concentrated expression in the two books of his that reached wide audiences, Harlem Shadows (1922) and Home to Harlem (1928), the first novel by a black writer to become a bestseller.
The term was originally applied in the seventeenth century to the exodus of people from England to Massachusetts. In the 1920s the Great Migration referred to the exodus of African Americans from the South to Chicago and cities in the North. They were seeking better jobs. While many worked in positions as menial and deadening as those they had left, some did not, and they found themselves in a new environment. The sudden influx of blacks, the energy derived from a change of scenery, and the celebratory mood of the country ignited a burst of creativity.
It was social and psychological. ” W[illiam] E[dward] B[urghardt] Du Bois (1868–1963) The great educator, historian, and black leader whose 95-year life spanned from Reconstruction, the period after the Civil War, to the beginning of the Civil Rights movement, was active in literary, social, and intellectual circles during the Harlem Renaissance. Although he published The Souls of Black Folk a decade before the movement in Harlem began, his influence continued, and Du Bois regularly reviewed books on African American issues during the 1920s.