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Ebony Rising: Short Fiction of the Greater Harlem Renaissance Era


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Ebony Rising is the first comprehensive, gender-balanced collection of short fiction from the greater Harlem Renaissance era (1912-1940). This was a time marked by writing of extraordinary breadth and depth by some of the most famous authors in African American literary history. Among them were Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Jean Toomer, Dorothy West, and Claude McKay. Not surprisingly, these authors have received an unprecedented amount of critical attention, and their work remains popular to this day.

For this anthology, Craig Gable has selected 52 short stories by 37 writers (20 women and 17 men) representing a wide range of style, form, subject matter, and social awareness. To underscore the movement's growth and change, the stories are arranged chronologically by year of publication. Some will be familiar to readers; many more will not, for this is not the "greatest hits" of the Harlem Renaissance. Instead, readers will find a remarkable collection of fiction by authors famous and obscure--some who lived in New York City and others who never resided there. There are stories set in Harlem, but they are just as likely to take place elsewhere in the United States. Alongside traditional stories, there are examples of detective fiction, political satire, even science fiction, with a few experiments in narrative structure and form for good measure. The stories take up issues of race, marriage, parenthood, crime, politics, religion, work, abuse, old age, and death--in short, the stuff of life, and of compelling and lasting fiction.

A selected bibliography documents some 300 books and articles on the Harlem Renaissance. There is a separate list of sources for other short stories by the authors appearing in this anthology; a list of award-winning short fiction from two black literary contests of the day; timelines of important historical, literary, and cultural events; and other aids for teachers, students, and reading groups.


Includes bibliographical references (p. 511-524) and index.


A treasury of short fiction from the Harlem Renaissance era.

About the Author

Craig Gable is an independent scholar and professional librarian. He is a Harlem Renaissance bibliographer and editor of the Rudolph Fisher Newsletter (www.fishernews.org), an online newsletter and general research resource website devoted to Rudolph Fisher and the Harlem Renaissance at large. He lives in Buffalo, New York.

Darryl Dickson-Carr is Associate Professor of English at Florida State University, Tallahassee, and author of African American Satire: The Sacredly Profane Novel and The Columbia Guide to African American Fiction, 1970-2000 (forthcoming). He lives in Tallahassee.

Table of Contents

Preface by Craig Gable

Introduction by Darryl Dickson-Carr

Short Stories

<1912-19 timeline>

Hope Deferred (1914) Alice Dunbar-Nelson

The Closing Door (1919) Angelina Weld Grimké

Mary Elizabeth (1919) Jessie Redmon Fauset

<1920 timeline>

The Comet (1920) W. E. B. Du Bois

<1921 timeline>

The Foolish and the Wise: Sallie Runner Is Introduced to Socrates (1921) Leila Amos Pendleton

<1922 timeline>

The Foolish and the Wise: Sanctum 777 N. S. D. C. O. U. Meets Cleopatra (1922) Leila Amos Pendleton

Becky (1922) Jean Toomer

<1923 timeline>

Esther (1923) Jean Toomer

<1924 timeline>

Vignettes of the Dusk (1924) Eric Walrond

Blue Aloes (1924) Ottie B. Graham

Slackened Caprice (1924) Ottie B. Graham

<1925 timeline>

The City of Refuge (1925) Rudolph Fisher

The Golden Penknife (1925) S. Miller Johnson

Mademoiselle 'Tasie (1925) Eloise Bibb Thompson

<1926 timeline>

Grist in the Mill (1926) Wallace Thurman

Hannah Byde (1926) Dorothy West

Muttsy (1926) Zora Neale Hurston

The Eatonville Anthology (1926) Zora Neale Hurston

Cordelia the Crude (1926) Wallace Thurman

Smoke, Lilies and Jade (1926) Richard Bruce Nugent

Wedding Day (1926) Gwendolyn B. Bennett

<1927 timeline>

City Love (1927) Eric Walrond

Lynching for Profit (1927) George S. Schuyler

Highball (1927) Claude McKay

Game (1927) Eugene Gordon

Masks (1927) Eloise Bibb Thompson

<1928 timeline>

Bathesda of Sinners Run (1928) Maude Irwin Owens

He Must Think It Out (1928) Florida Ruffin Ridley

Anthropoi (1928) John F. Matheus

<1929 timeline>

Prologue to a Life (1929) Dorothy West

<1930 timeline>

Sanctuary (1930) Nella Larsen

Door-Stops (1930) May Miller

Cross Crossings Cautiously (1930) Anita Scott Coleman

<1931 timeline>

Why Adam Ate the Apple (1931) Mercedes Gilbert

The Needle's Point (1931) J. Saunders Redding

<1932 timeline>

Crazy Mary (1932) Claude McKay

His Last Day (1932) Chester Himes

<1933 timeline>

A Summer Tragedy (1933) Arna Bontemps

<1934 timeline>

Barrel Staves (1934) Arna Bontemps

Why, You Reckon (1934) Langston Hughes

Spanish Blood (1934) Langston Hughes

<1935 timeline>

John Archer's Nose (1935) Rudolph Fisher

<1936 timeline>

Mob Madness (1936) Marion Vera Cuthbert

Gesture (1936) Georgia Douglas Johnson

<1937 timeline>

Pope Pius the Only (1937) Richard Bruce Nugent

Silt (1937) Richard Wright

The Return of a Modern Prodigal (1937) Octavia B. Wynbush

<1938 timeline>

Hate Is Nothing (1938) Marita Bonner

<1939 timeline>

The Whipping (1939) Marita Bonner

A Modern Fable (1939) Chester Himes

<1940 timeline>

A Matter of Record (1940) Ted Poston

Girl, Colored (1940) Marian Minus

Sources for Additional Short Stories by the Authors

Award-Winning Short Fiction from Opportunity and Crisis

Selected Resources for the Harlem Renaissance

A Selected Checklist of Common Issues, Topics, and Plot Components

About the Authors

Author Index


Product Details

Gable, Craig
Indiana University Press
Gable, Craig
Gable, Craig
Bloomington, IN
Short Stories (Anthologies)
American - African American & Black
Short stories, American
American fiction
African Americans
Harlem renaissance
American fiction -- 20th century.
Anthologies (multiple authors)
American - African American
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