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Harlem Renaissance

The Harlem Renaissance was a period of exciting literary and artistic creativity that began in the 1920s and helped change the character of literature created by black Americans. Moving beyond the quaint dialect works and conventional imitations of white authors which had characterized the African-American literature of the past, a new generation of authors composed sophisticated explorations of black life and culture that revealed and stimulated a new confidence and racial pride. The movement centered in the Harlem section of Upper Manhattan in New York City, where aspiring black artists, writers, and musicians gathered, sharing their experiences and providing mutual encouragement. The University of Delaware Library houses a strong collection of the work of authors associated with the Harlem Renaissance and this exhibition includes a sample of these holdings.

  • Langston Hughes, 1902-1967.
    Jim Crow's Last Stand. [New York]: Negro Publication Society, [1943].
  • Zora Neale Hurston, 1891-1960.
    Mules and Men. Philadelphia and London: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1935. Cover and illustrations by Miguel Covarrubias.
  • Claude McKay, 1889-1948.
    Harlem: Negro Metropolis. New York: E.P. Dutton & Company, 1940. Inscribed by the author.
  • Chester B. Himes, 1909-1984.
    If He Hollers Let Him Go. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Doran & Company, [1945.]

Harlem Renaissance
Selection of Harlem Renaissance works.

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