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Lost Plays of the Harlem Renaissance, 1920-1940 (African American Life)by Hatch
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This compilation of sixteen plays written during the Harlem Renaissance brings together for the first time the works of Langston Hughes, George S. Schuyler, Francis Hall Johnson, Shirley Graham, and others. In the introduction, James V. Hatch sets the plays in a historical context as he describes the challenges presented to artists by the political and social climate of the time. The topics of the plays cover the realm of the human experience in styles as wide-ranging as poetry, farce, comedy, tragedy, social realism, and romance. Individual introductions to each play provide essential biographical background on the playwrights. In the continuing rediscovery of writers and works from the Harlem Renaissance, Lost Plays of the Harlem Renaissance, 1920-1940, serves as essential background for contemporary readers and is a valuable contribution to African American literary and theatrical scholarship.
Book News Annotation:
A compilation of 16 plays written during the Harlem Renaissance, by authors including Langston Hughes and Shirley Graham. An introduction describes the historical context of the plays and explores the challenges presented to artists by the political and social climate of the time. Individual introductions to each play provide biographical information on playwrights. Includes articles and essays from the period on theater and other issues. For readers in African American studies and theater. No index.
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