Warriors B2G1 Free

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Visit our stores

    Recently Viewed clear list

    Q&A | May 12, 2015

    Aleksandar Hemon: IMG Powell’s Q&A: Aleksandar Hemon

    Describe your latest book. The Making of Zombie Wars is a roller-coaster ride of violence and sex. The main character, Joshua Levin, is a modestly... Continue »
    1. $18.20 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

      The Making of Zombie Wars

      Aleksandar Hemon 9780374203412

Qualifying orders ship free.
New Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
25 Local Warehouse Anthologies- General
6 Remote Warehouse Literature- A to Z

More copies of this ISBN

The Portable Harlem Renaissance Reader (African American History)


The Portable Harlem Renaissance Reader (African American History) Cover


Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Gathering a representative sampling of the New Negro Movement's most important figures, and providing substantial introductory essays, headnotes, and brief biographical notes, Lewis' volume—organized chronologically—includes the poetry and prose of Sterling Brown, Countee Cullen, W. E. B. Du Bois, Zora Neale Hurston, James Weldon Johnson, and others.


From its beginnings in 1919, with soldiers returning from the Great War, to its sputtering end in 1934, with the Great Depression, the New Negro Movement in arts and letters proclaimed the experience of African American men and women. This magnificent volume features a wealth of fiction and nonfiction works by 45 writers from that exuberant era.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Part I. Essays and Memoirs

Returning Soldiers

W. E. B. Du Bois

The Migration of the Talented Tenth

Carter G. Woodson

Gift of the Black Tropics

W. A. Domingo

Africa for the Africans

Marcus Garvey

Liberty Hall Emancipation Day Speech

On Marcus Garvey

Mary White Ovington

Black Manhattan James Weldon Johnson

The New Negro

Alain Locke

Jazz at Home Joel A. Rogers

Reflections on O'Neill's Plays Paul Robeson

The Negro Digs Up His Past Arthur A. Schomburg

The Task of Negro Womanhood

Elise Johnson McDougald from The Big Sea

Langston Hughes

When the Negro Was in Vogue

Harlem Literati


The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain

The Negro-Art Hokum George S. Schuyler Criteria of Negro Art

W. E. B. Du Bois

Critiques of Carl Van Vechten's Nigger Heaven

Du Bois J. W. Johnson

The Caucasian Storms Harlem Rudolph Fisher

Aaron Douglas Chats about the Harlem Renaissance

Aaron Douglas

Negro Art and America

Albert C. Barnes

The Negro Takes His Place in American Art

Alain Locke

The Negro Artist and Modern Art Romare Bearden

from Dust Tracks on a Road Zora Neale Hurston

from A Long Way from Home

Claude McKay

The Harlem Intelligentsia

The New Negro in Paris

La Bourgeoisie Noire E. Franklin Frazier

With Langston Hughes in the USSR

Louise Thompson Patterson

Harlem Runs Wild

Claude Mckay

Blueprint for Negro Writing Richard Wright

The Negro Renaissance and Its Significance

Charles S. Johnson

Part II. Poetry

Song Gwendolyn Bennett


The Day-Breakers Arna Bontemps

Golgotha Is a Mountain

Southern Road Sterling Brown

Odyssey of Big Boy

Frankie and Johnny

Ma Rainey

Long Gone

Georgie Grimes

Remembering Nat Turner

The Young Voice Cries

Mae Cowdery

The Wayside Well

Joseph S. Cotter

For a Lady I Know

Countee Cullen


Harlem Wine

Yet Do I Marvel


From the Dark Tower

To a Brown Boy


Saturday's Child

Two Poets

To France

Nothing Endures


The Death Bed

Waring Cuney

La Vie C'est la Vie Jessie Redmon Fauset

Dead Fires

The Negro Speaks of Rivers

Langston Hughes

I, Too


The Weary Blues


Mother to Son



Elevator Boy

Red Silk Stockings

Ruby Brown

Elderly Race Leaders

Dream Variation

Goodbye, Christ

Advertisement for the Waldorf-Astoria

Children of the Sun Fenton Johnson

The Banjo Player

Let Me Not Lose My Dream

Georgia Douglas Johnson

Old Black Men

Black Woman

The Heart of a Woman

I Want to Die While You Love Me

My Race Helene Johnson

A Southern Road

Sonnet to a Negro in Harlem


The White Witch James Weldon Johnson

The Color Sergeant

O Black and Unknown Bards

Go Down Death

The Creation

If We Must Die

Claude McKay


The White House

The Negro's Friend

On a Primitive Canoe

The Tropics in New York

When Dawn Comes to the City

The Desolate City

The Harlem Dancer

St. Isaac's Church, Petrograd


Lady, Lady Anne Spencer

Song of the Son Jean Toomer

Georgia Dusk

The Blue Meridian

Part III. Fiction

from The Emperor Jones Eugene O'Neill

from Cane Jean Toomer



Bona and Paul

Birthright T. S. Stribling

from There Is Confusion Jessie Redmon Fauset

from Plum Bun

from The Fire in the Flint Walter White

Wedding Day Gwendolyn Bennett

from Home to Harlem

Claude McKay

Snowstorm in Pittsburgh

Spring in Harlem from Banjo

Banjo's Ace of Spades

from Banana Bottom

from Quicksand

Nella Larsen

from Passing

from The Closing Door Angelina Weld Grimke

The Typewriter

Dorothy West

from The Dark Princess

W. E. B. Du Bois

from The Walls of Jericho Rudolph Fisher

from Tropic Death Eric Walrond

The Wharf Rats

The Yellow One

Smoke, Lilies and Jade Richard Bruce Nugent

Luani of the Jungles

Langston Hughes

from Not Without Laughter

Thursday Afternoon from The Ways of White Folks

Father and Son

The Blues I'm Playing

Cordelia the Crude Wallace Thurman

Harlem: A Forum of Negro Life

from The Blacker the Berry...

from Infants of the Spring

from Black No More George Schuyler

from God Sends Sunday Arna Bontemps

from Black Thunder

from One Way to Heaven

Countee Cullen

Drenched in Light Zora Neale Hurston

Color Struck

Jonah's Gourd Vine

from Mule-Bone Zora Neale Hurston

Langston Hughes

Biographical Notes


Product Details

Lewis, David Levering
Penguin Books
Lewis, David Levering
Lewis, David
Lewis, David Levering
New York :
Short Stories (Anthologies)
Intellectual life
American literature
African Americans
Harlem renaissance
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Portable Library
Series Volume:
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
from 12
7.81x5.04x1.49 in. 1.18 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

Other books you might like

  1. Voices from the Harlem Renaissance Used Trade Paper $4.50
  2. My Soul Has Grown Deep: Classics of... Used Trade Paper $1.95
  3. The Opportunity Reader: Stories,... New Trade Paper $27.00
  4. Straight, No Chaser: How I Became a... Used Trade Paper $2.95
  5. The Souls of Black Folk (Dover... Used Trade Paper $2.95
  6. I May Not Get There with You: The... Used Hardcover $6.50

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Anthologies » African American Literature
Fiction and Poetry » Anthologies » American » Literature
Fiction and Poetry » Anthologies » General
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
History and Social Science » African American Studies » Anthologies

The Portable Harlem Renaissance Reader (African American History) New Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$21.00 In Stock
Product details 816 pages Penguin Books - English 9780140170368 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , From its beginnings in 1919, with soldiers returning from the Great War, to its sputtering end in 1934, with the Great Depression, the New Negro Movement in arts and letters proclaimed the experience of African American men and women. This magnificent volume features a wealth of fiction and nonfiction works by 45 writers from that exuberant era.

  • back to top


Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.