AND BID HIM SING A BIOGRAPHY OF COUNTEE CULLEN

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And Bid Him Sing

Author : Charles Molesworth
ISBN : 9780226533643
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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While competing with Langston Hughes for the title of “Poet Laureate of Harlem,” Countée Cullen (1903–46) crafted poems that became touchstones for American readers, both black and white. Inspired by classic themes and working within traditional forms, Cullen shaped his poetry to address universal questions like love, death, longing, and loss while also dealing with the issues of race and idealism that permeated the national conversation. Drawing on the poet’s unpublished correspondence with contemporaries and friends like Hughes, Claude McKay, Carl Van Vechten, Dorothy West, Charles S. Johnson and Alain Locke, and presenting a unique interpretation of his poetic gifts, And Bid Him Sing is the first full-length critical biography of this famous American writer. Despite his untimely death at the age of forty-two, Cullen left behind an extensive body of work. In addition to five books of poetry, he authored two much-loved children’s books and translated Euripides’ Medea, the first translation by an African American of a Greek tragedy. In these pages, Charles Molesworth explores the many ways that race, religion, and Cullen’s sexuality informed the work of one of the unquestioned stars of the Harlem Renaissance. An authoritative work of biography that brings to life one of the chief voices of his generation, And Bid Him Sing returns to us one of America’s finest lyric poets in all of his complexity and musicality.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Countee Cullen Collected Poems

Author : Countee Cullen
ISBN : 9781598532708
Genre : Poetry
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A major and sometimes controversial figure of the Harlem Renaissance, Countee Cullen fused a mastery of the formal lyric with a passionate engagement with themes social, religious, racial, and personal in such books as Color, Copper Sun, and The Black Christ. Certain of his poems—“Heritage,” “Yet Do I Marvel”—are widely celebrated, but much of Cullen’s work remains to be discovered. This volume restores to print a body of work of singular intensity and beauty. This is volume #32 in The Library of America’s American Poets Project series.
Category: Poetry

American Poets And Poetry From The Colonial Era To The Present 2 Volumes

Author : Jeffrey Gray
ISBN : 9781610698320
Genre : Literary Criticism
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The ethnically diverse scope, broad chronological coverage, and mix of biographical, critical, historical, political, and cultural entries make this the most useful and exciting poetry reference of its kind for students today. • Covers American poetry from the Colonial era to the present in roughly 300 alphabetically arranged entries • Features key contemporary poets, including those appearing in current journals • Brings together approximately 80 contributors who are among the most widely known scholars in the field • Supports Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Social Studies by helping students gain a greater understanding of language
Category: Literary Criticism

A Bio Bibliography Of Count E P Cullen 1903 1946

Author : Margaret Perry
ISBN : 9780837133256
Genre : Social Science
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A long essay on The Man and His Poetry plus extensive bibliography of Cullen's major writings, writings about Cullen, including newspaper references, and poetry anthologies in which Cullen's work appeared.
Category: Social Science

A Queer Capital

Author : Genny Beemyn
ISBN : 9781317819387
Genre : Social Science
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Rooted in extensive archival research and personal interviews, A Queer Capital is the first history of LGBT life in the nation’s capital. Revealing a vibrant past that dates back more than 125 years, the book explores how lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals established spaces of their own before and after World War II, survived some of the harshest anti-gay campaigns in the U.S., and organized to demand equal treatment. Telling the stories of black and white gay communities and individuals, Genny Beemyn shows how race, gender, and class shaped the construction of gay social worlds in a racially segregated city. From the turn of the twentieth century through the 1980s, Beemyn explores the experiences of gay people in Washington, showing how they created their own communities, fought for their rights, and, in the process, helped to change the country. Combining rich personal stories with keen historical analysis, A Queer Capital provides insights into LGBT life, the history of Washington, D.C., and African American life and culture in the twentieth century.
Category: Social Science

I Too Sing America

Author : Catherine Clinton
ISBN : 0395895995
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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A collection of poems by African-American writers, including Lucy Terry, Gwendolyn Bennett, and Alice Walker.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Anthology Of American Literature Realism To The Present

Author : George L. McMichael
ISBN : PSU:000043895403
Genre : Literary Collections
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This leading, two-volume anthology represents America's literary heritage from the colonial times of William Bradford and Anne Bradstreet to the contemporary era of Saul Bellow and Alice Walker. Volume II begins with Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson and moves through Toni Morrison. It reflects a continued emphasis on cultural plurality, and multiple selections by authors that enables readers to compare and contrast different works. Numerous editions in their entirety include Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; Crane's The Red Badge of Courage; William's The Glass Menagerie; Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun; and Miller's Death of a Salesman. Also featured are shorter works—such as “How to Tell a Story,” by Mark Twain; Poems by Rita Dove; short stories by Sandra Cisneros, Louise Erdrich, and Toni Morrison. For modern scholars of America's literary history, and readers who simply love to read—especially the classics.
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The Tragic Vision Of African American Religion

Author : M. Johnson
ISBN : 9780230109117
Genre : Religion
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Many have used the term 'tragic' to refer to African American religious and cultural experience. After a studied meditation on and articulation of the 'tragic vision,' Johnson argues that African American Christian Consciousness is an expression of the tragic and a tragic expression of the Christian Faith.
Category: Religion

My Soul S High Song

Author : Countee Cullen
ISBN : STANFORD:36105003793382
Genre : Fiction
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Gathers poetry and prose by Cullen, Zora Neale Hurston, and Langston Hughes, leading literary figures of the Harlem Renaissance
Category: Fiction

Wrestling With The Muse

Author : Melba Joyce Boyd
ISBN : 9780231503648
Genre : Literary Criticism
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And as I groped in darkness and felt the pain of millions, gradually, like day driving night across the continent, I saw dawn upon them like the sun a vision. —Dudley Randall, from "Roses and Revolutions" In 1963, the African American poet Dudley Randall (1914–2000) wrote "The Ballad of Birmingham" in response to the bombing of a church in Alabama that killed four young black girls, and "Dressed All in Pink," about the assassination of President Kennedy. When both were set to music by folk singer Jerry Moore in 1965, Randall published them as broadsides. Thus was born the Broadside Press, whose popular chapbooks opened the canon of American literature to the works of African American writers. Dudley Randall, one of the great success stories of American small-press history, was also poet laureate of Detroit, a civil-rights activist, and a force in the Black Arts Movement. Melba Joyce Boyd was an editor at Broadside, was Randall’s friend and colleague for twenty-eight years, and became his authorized biographer. Her book is an account of the interconnections between urban and labor politics in Detroit and the broader struggles of black America before and during the Civil Rights era. But also, through Randall’s poetry and sixteen years of interviews, the narrative is a multipart dialogue between poets, Randall, the author, and the history of American letters itself, and it affords unique insights into the life and work of this crucial figure.
Category: Literary Criticism