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Encyclopedia of the Harlem literary renaissance /
Lois Brown.
imprint
New York NY : Facts On File, Inc., c2006.
description
ix, 612 p. : ill., map.
ISBN
081604967X (hardcover : alk. paper)
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Book
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imprint
New York NY : Facts On File, Inc., c2006.
isbn
081604967X (hardcover : alk. paper)
catalogue key
5371311
 
Gift to Victoria University Library. Friends of Victoria University Library. 2006/04/05.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
First Chapter
A broad artistic movement of the 1920s and early '30s that involved literature, the visual arts, and music, the Harlem Renaissance was one of the most productive eras in American literary history. Concentrating on the literary side of the movement—the writers, works, periodicals, editors, publishers, critics, and related topics—Encyclopedia of the Harlem Literary Renaissance provides authoritative coverage and unique insight into the literature of the Harlem Renaissance. An easy-to-use resource for students, general readers, and scholars alike, this volume is rich in material on this important literary movement.
More than 800 concise, A-to-Z entries detail the historical relevance of the subject and explain how the writer, work, or idea helped fundamentally reshape American literature. The author draws on historical studies, biographies, literary criticism, and primary materials, including letters and diaries of such Harlem Renaissance figures as Langston Hughes, Jean Toomer, W.E.B. DuBois, and Zora Neale Hurston. The book also includes a chronology, a list of works by Harlem Renaissance writers, 35 black-and-white photographs and illustrations, cross-references, a bibliography, and an index.
Coverage includes:
Writers, poets, important critics, and others who were linked to the literature that emerged from the Harlem Renaissance
Important places, historical figures, historical events, and ideas related to the Harlem Literary Renaissance
Many other significant terms and topics that are important to understanding the movement.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2006-01-01:
The latest encyclopedia on this popular literary movement of the 1920s and 1930s has nearly twice as many entries as Facts On File's earlier Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance but is still less comprehensive (albeit less expensive) than the two-volume Routledge Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance or the three-volume Harlem Renaissance: A Gale Critical Companion. Brown (English, Mount Holyoke Coll.), whose teaching and writing have focused on African American studies, has gathered over 600 A-to-Z entries on authors (e.g., Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston), critics, historical figures, events, literary works, educational institutions, and other topics related to the influential movement. Written in clear and concise prose, the entries vary in length from a short paragraph to several pages but include up-to-date bibliographies. Bottom Line The A-to-Z arrangement and single-volume format enhance this book's usefulness as a ready-reference source. Also useful are the separate primary and secondary bibliographies as well as a brief chronology. Highly recommended for all literature collections, especially those lacking the Gale and Routledge titles.-William Gargan, Brooklyn Coll. Lib., CUNY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 2006-03-01:
This one-volume edition of a work that documents an extraordinary period in American literature (and not just the African American literary landscape) has several advantages over others on the subject: it is lighter and cheaper, but for all that, authoritative, with 800 alphabetically arranged articles on writers, their works, periodicals, editors, publishers, critics, and related topics. This comprehensive work by Brown (English, Mount Holyoke) on an important part of the Harlem Renaissance is a bargain for its price. Others on the subject include Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance, by Aberjhani and S. L. West (CH, Jan'04, 41-2518)--fewer pages but more gelt; and Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance, ed. by C. D. Wintz and P. Finkelman (CH, Mar'05, 42-3762), authoritative but considerably more expensive. For a one-volume work on a prescient period of literary history, complete with a map of the Harlem Literary Renaissance, this is the book this reviewer would carry around to see the sights--rather than take a backpack to haul the other tomes. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All levels. A. C. Vara Temple University
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- Writers, poets, important critics, and others who were linked to the literature that emerged from the Harlem Renaissance- Important places, historical figures, historical events, and ideas.- Many other significant terms and topics that are important to understanding the movement.
Bowker Data Service Summary
A broad artistic movement of the 1920s and early '30s, the Harlem Renaissance was one of the most productive eras in American literary history. Concentrating on the literary side of the movement, this reference provides coverage and insight into the literature of the Harlem Renaissance.
Long Description
- Writers, poets, important critics, and others who were linked to the literature that emerged from the Harlem Renaissance - Important places, historical figures, historical events, and ideas. - Many other significant terms and topics that are important to understanding the movement.
Unpaid Annotation
A broad artistic movement of the 1920s and early '30s that involved literature, the visual arts, and music, the Harlem Renaissance was one of the most productive eras in American literary history. Concentrating on the literary side of the movement—the writers, works, periodicals, editors, publishers, critics, and related topics—Encyclopedia of the Harlem Literary Renaissance provides authoritative coverage and unique insight into the literature of the Harlem Renaissance. An easy-to-use resource for students, general readers, and scholars alike, this volume is rich in material on this important literary movement. More than 600 concise, A-to-Z entries detail the historical relevance of the subject and explain how the writer, work, or idea helped fundamentally reshape American literature. The author draws on historical studies, biographies, literary criticism, and primary materials, including letters and diaries of such Harlem Renaissance figures as Langston Hughes, Jean Toomer, W. E. B. Du Bois, and Zora Neale Hurston. The book also includes a chronology, a list of works by Harlem Renaissance writers, cross-references, a bibliography, and an index. Coverage includes: Writers, poets, important critics, and others who were linked to the literature that emerged from the Harlem Renaissance Important places, historical figures, historical events, and ideas related to the Harlem Literary Renaissance Many other significant terms and topics that are important to understanding the movement.

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