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American Negro Poetry An Anthology

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ISBN-10: 0809015641

ISBN-13: 9780809015641

Edition: N/A

Authors: Arna Bontemps

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With 200,000 copies in print, this anthology has for decades been seen as a fundamental collection of African-American verse. Bontemps (1902-73), an important figure during and after the Harlem Renaissance, author of more than 25 novels, and longtime librarian at Fisk University, last revised this classic anthology just before his death, adding such crucial new voices as Audre Lorde, Nikki Giovanni, and Bob Kaufman, among others. This edition, issued in 1996, reprints the poems in Bontemps's revised volume along with updated biographical notes. Nearly seventy poets are represented, their works indexed by both author and title.
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Book details

List price: $23.00
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 12/31/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Arna Bontemps was one of many African American writers associated with Fisk University, where he taught for 20 years. He became a visiting professorship at Yale University and returned to Fisk to spend the last years of his life there. Bontemps grew up in the South and wrote of the condition and spirit of the southern black in memoirs and in fiction. His historical and topical novel Black Thunder (1936) is perhaps his best known, along with Drums at Dusk (1935). As an active leader in the Harlem Renaissance, however, Bontemps wrote prolifically in all genres and for children as well as adults. He produced several important collections of narratives about enslaved people and African American…    

O Black and Unknown Bards
Go Down Death (A Funeral Sermon)
The Debt
My Sort o'' Man
The Party
A Song
We Wear the Mask
William Stanley Braithwaite
To Clarissa Scott Delany
The Black Finger
For Jim, Easter Eve
Lines to a Nasturtium (A lover muses)
Letter to My Sister
Effie Lee Newsome
Morning Light the Dew-Dri