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The Richer, the Poorerby Dorothy West
Synopses & Reviews
On the heels of the bestseller success of hernovel The Wedding, Dorothy West,the last surviving member of the HarlemRenaissance, presents a collection of essays and stories thatexplore both the realism of everyday life, and thefantastical, extraordinary circumstances of onewoman's life in a mythic time. Traversing theuniversal themes and conflicts between poverty andprosperity, men and women, and young and old, andcompiling writing that spans almost seventy years,The Richer, The Poorer not onlyaffords an unparalleled window into theAfrican-American middle class, but also delves into therichness of experience of "one of the finest writersproduced in this country during the RoaringTwenties"(Book Page).
Presents the collected short stories and autobiographical writings of the last survivor of the Harlem Renaissance of the twenties and thirties
About the Author
Dorothy West founded the Harlem Renaissance literary magazine Challenge in 1934, and New Challenge in 1937, with Richard Wright as her associate editor. She was a welfare investigator and WPA relief worker in Harlem during the Depression. Her first novel, The Living Is Easy, appeared in 1948 and remains in print. He second novel, The Wedding, was a national bestseller and literary landmark when published in the winter of 1995. A collection of her stories and autobiographical essays, The Richer, The Poorer, appeared during the summer of 1995. She lives on Martha's Vineyard.
Table of Contents
Stories : The typewriter — The five-dollar bill — Jack in the pot — Mammy — The richer, the poorer — Funeral — The penny — The bird like no other — The happiest year, the saddest year — The envelope — Fluff and Mr. Ripley — Odyssey of an egg — About a woman named Nancy — The roomer — The maple tree — An unimportant man — To market, to market — Sketches and reminiscences : Rachel — Fond memories of a black childhood — The gift — The purse — The sun parlor — Remembrance — An adventure in Moscow — The cart — Elephant's dance — A day lost is a day gone forever — The legend of Oak Bluffs — Love — The flight.
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