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Harlemus Glory: Black Women Writing, 1900-1950

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In poems, stories, memoirs, and essays about color and culture, prejudice and love, and feminine trials, dozens of African-American women writers--some famous, many just discovered--give us a sense of a distinct inner voice and an engagement with their larger double culture. Harlem's Glory unfolds a rich tradition of writing by African-American women, hitherto mostly hidden, in the first half of the twentieth century. In historical context, with special emphasis on matters of race and gender, are the words of luminaries like Zora Neale Hurston and Georgia Douglas Johnson as well as rare, previously unpublished writings by figures like Angelina Weld Grimké, Elise Johnson McDougald, and Regina Andrews, all culled from archives and arcane magazines.

Editors Lorraine Elena Roses and Ruth Elizabeth Randolph arrange their selections to reveal not just the little-suspected extent of black women's writing, but its prodigious existence beyond the cultural confines of New York City. Harlem's Glory also shows how literary creativity often coexisted with social activism in the works of African-American women.

This volume is full of surprises about the power and diversity of the writers and genres. The depth, the wit, and the reach of the selections are astonishing. With its wealth of discoveries and rediscoveries, and its new slant on the familiar, all elegantly presented and deftly edited, the book will compel a reassessment of writing by African-American women and its place in twentieth-century American literary and historical culture.

About the Author

Lorraine Elena Roses is Professor of Spanish and Director of Latin American Studies at Wellesley College.Ruth Elizabeth Randolph, a graduate of Wellesley, is an independent scholar.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Part I - Black And White Tangled Threads

Sanctuary - Nella Larsen

Two Gentlemen of Boston - Florida Ruffin Ridley

Little Heads: A One-Act Play of Negro Life - Alvira Hazzard

My Two Grandmothers - Aloise Barbour Epperson

Flower of the South - Gertrude Schalk

Masks, a Story - Eloise Bibb Thompson

The Man Who Passed: A Play in One Act - Regina M. Andrews

Why, How, When and Where Black Becomes White - Mary Church Terrell

From Black and White Tangled Threads - Zara Wright

Part 2 - Dreaming In Color

Belated Romance - Florence Marion Harmon

The Pink Hat - Caroline Bond Day

Hope Deferred - Alice Dunbar-Nelson

Lai-Li - Mae V. Cowdery

Little Cornish, the "Blue Boy" - Effie Lee Newsome

The Noose - Octavia B. Wynbusb

If Wishes Were Horses - Edythe Mae Gordon

Subversion - Edythe Mae Gordon

Part 3 - Native Daughter

To a Wild Rose - Ottie B. Graham

The Zulu King: New Orleans (at Mardi Gras) - Josephine Copeland

Negro Folk Songs - Josephine Copeland

Preface: Other Bostonians - Florida Ruffin Ridley

Nativity - Gladys Casely Hayford

A Poem - Gladys Casely Hayford

The Palm Wine Seller - Gladys Casely Hayford

Rainy Season Love Song - Gladys Casely Hayford

Is It Not Enough - Ida Rowland

Negroid Things - Ida Rowland

Are We Different? - Ida Rowland

The Family of Nat Turner, 1831-1954 - Lucy Mae Turner

Where the West Begins, from American Daughter - Era Bell Thompson

From The Negro Trailblazers of California - Delilah Leontium Beasley

Native Daughter: An Indictment of White America by a Colored Woman - Ellen Tarry

Part 4 - Longings

Calling Dreams - Georgia Douglas Johnson

Question - Georgia Douglas Johnson

My Son - Georgia Douglas Johnson

Armageddon - Georgia Douglas Johnson

Interim - Georgia Douglas Johnson

Ivy - Georgia Douglas Johnson

I Wonder - Georgia Douglas Johnson

Afterglow - Georgia Douglas Johnson

Love's Way: A Christmas Story - Carrie W. Clifford

Joy - Clarissa Scott Delany

The Mask - Clarissa Scott Delany

Interim - Clarissa Scott Delany

Solace - Clarissa Scott Delany

Noblesse Oblige - Jessie Fauset

Dead Fires - Jessie Fauset

Oblivion - Jessie Fauset

La Vie C'est la Vie - Jessie Fauset

Words! Words! - Jessie Fauset

The Eternal Quest - Anita Scott Coleman

In '61 - Ethel Caution Davis

Longing - Ethel Caution Davis

Sunset - Ethel Caution Davis

Long Remembering - Ethel Caution Davis

Longings - Nellie R. Bright

Part 5 - Spunk

Early Days in Cleveland, from A Nickel and a Prayer - Jane Edna Hunter

The Negro Today - Marion Vera Cuthbert

A Talk on Evolution - Mercedes Gilbert

The Equal Rights League, from Crusade for Justice - Ida B. Wells -Barnett

To the Oppressors - Pauli Murray

Mr. Roosevelt Regrets - Pauli Murray

From Tales My Father Told and Other Stories - Hallie Quinn Brown

Spunk - Zora Neale Hurston

Part 6 - My Great, Wide, Beautiful World

Black - Nellie R. Bright

From African Journey - Eslanda Goode Robeson

Wedding Day - Gwendolyn B. Bennett

Letters - Idabelle Yeiser

Twenty -Seventh Day, from Journey to Accompong - Katherine Dunham

Why - Brenda Ray Moryck

From My Great, Wide, Beautiful World - Juanita V. Harrison

Part 7 - Harlem's Glory: A Woman's View

The Comer - Eunice Hunton Carter

The Double Task: The Struggle of Negro Women for Sex and Race Emancipation - Elise Johnson McDougald

Story in Harlem Slang: Jelly's Tale - Zora Neale Hurston

From "The Ebony Flute" - Gwendolyn B. Bennett

My Race - Helene Johnson

Metamorphism - Helene Johnson

Bottled - Helene Johnson

Tar - Shirley Graham

Solo on the Drums - Ann Petry

Part of the Pack: Another View of Night Life in Harlem - Hazel V. Campbell

Part 8 - In The Looking Glass

Prelude - Ariel Williams Holloway

Memory of a 'Jim Crow" Car - Ariel Williams Holloway

My Temple - Ariel Williams Holloway

To One Who Would Be Great - Ariel Williams Holloway

His Life and Mine - Ariel Williams Holloway

Problems Facing Negro Young Women - Marion Vera Cuthbert

Mammy - Dorothy West

'Bidin' Place - May Miller

Since 1619 - Margaret Walker

Lineage - Margaret Walker

People of Unrest - Margaret Walker

We Have Been Believers - Margaret Walker

Black Death - Zora Neale Hurston

Letter to My Sister - Anne Spencer

At the Carnival - Anne Spencer

Lady, Lady - Anne Spencer

Black Man o' Mine - Anne Spencer

White Things - Anne Spencer

The Wife -Woman - Anne Spencer

Freedom - Aloise Barbour Epperson

A Negro in a Dime Store - Aloise Barbour Epperson

Heard on an Atlantic City Bridge - Aloise Barbour Epperson

Part 9 - Crisis

One True Love - Marita Bonner

--And I Passed By - Marita Bonner

The Women of the White Strain - Elise Johnson McDougald

The Handicapped - Angelina Weld Grimké

Flag Salute - Esther Popel

Blasphemy--American Style - Esther Popel

October Prayer - Esther Popel

Mob Madness - Marion Vera Cuthbert

Slackened Caprice - Ottie B. Graham

He Must Think It Out - Florida Ruffin Ridley

Part 10 -The offering

One Blue Star - May Miller

The Five Dollar Bill - Dorothy West

The Tie That Used to Bind: A Mid -Victorian Negro Marriage - Anna J. Cooper

The Return of a Modern Prodigal - Octavia B. Wynbush

A Blossom in an Alley - Sarah Collins Fernandis

The Torch Bearer - Sarah Collins Fernandis

The offering - Sarah Collins Fernandis

Biographical Notes

Illustration Credits

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674372702
Subtitle:
Black Women Writing, 1900-1950
Editor:
Roses, Lorraine E.
Editor:
Roses, Lorraine E.
Editor:
Randolph, Ruth Elizabeth
Author:
Roses, Lorraine E.
Author:
Randolph, Ruth E.
Editor:
Randolph, Ruth Elizabeth
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge, Mass. :
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Women Authors
Subject:
African American Studies
Subject:
American literature
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
Harlem renaissance
Subject:
African-American women
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1st Harvard University Press paperback ed.
Publication Date:
19961001
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
25 halftones
Pages:
560
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.375 in 1.84 lb

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