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Plum Bun

A Novel Without a Moral

Author: Jessie Redmon Fauset

Publisher: Pandora Press (GB)


Category: African Americans

Page: 379

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Written in 1929 at the height of the Harlem Renaissance by one of its most prolific authors, Plum Bun is the story of Angela Murray, a young black girl from Philadelphia who discovers she can pass for white. After the death of her parents, Angela moves to New York to escape the racism she believes is her only obstacle to opportunity. What she soon discovers is that being a woman has its own burdens that don't fade with the color of one's skin, and that love and marriage might not offer her salvation. "This novel was Fauset's call to the community to open itself to discussion and criticism and to aggressive intellectual pursuit of knowledge and experience. That call is just as necessary today. Plum Bun is a fine example of the hidden Harlem Renaissance-- where the women were writers too." -- Marie Elsie St. Leger, Emerge "A fascinating glimpse of a now-vanished Harlem culture." -- Rosalind Warren, New Directions for Women

Plum Bun

A Novel Without a Moral

Author: Jessie Redmon Fauset

Publisher: Beacon Press

ISBN: 9780807009192

Category: Fiction

Page: 379

View: 1118

After her parents die, Angela Murray, a young mulatto, decides to move from Philadelphia to New York and live as a white woman

There is Confusion

Author: Jessie Redmon Fauset

Publisher: UPNE

ISBN: 9781555530662

Category: Fiction

Page: 289

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Set in Philadelphia some 60 years ago, There Is Confusion traces the lives of Joanna Mitchell and Peter Bye, whose families must come to terms with an inheritance of prejudice and discrimination as they struggle for legitimacy and respect.

The Chinaberry Tree

A Novel of American Life

Author: Jessie Redmon Fauset

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486782778

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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Within the tranquil setting of a small New Jersey town in the early 1900s, this novel by a noted Harlem Renaissance author explores tempestuous issues that range from racial identity to adultery, incest, and deception.

Comedy: American Style

Author: Jessie Redmon Fauset

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 048678276X

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 2556

An influential Harlem Renaissance author explores the tragic effects of color prejudice and self-hatred in this tale of a mother's determination for her children to pass as white and the devastating results for her family.

The Complete Fiction of Nella Larsen

Passing, Quicksand, and The Stories

Author: Nella Larsen

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 0307757161

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

View: 6774

This volume brings together the complete fiction of the author of Passing and Quicksand, one of the most gifted writers of the Harlem Renaissance. Throughout her short but brilliant literary career, Nella Larsen wrote piercing dramas about the black middle class that featured sensitive, spirited heroines struggling to find a place where they belonged. Passing, Larsen’s best-known work, is a disturbing story about the unraveling lives of two childhood friends, one of whom turns her back on her past and marries a white bigot. Just as disquieting is the portrait in Quicksand of Helga Crane, half black and half white, who is unable to escape her loneliness no matter where and with whom she lives. Race and marriage offer few securities here or in the other stories in this compulsively readable collection, rich in psychological complexity and imbued with a sense of place that brings Harlem vibrantly to life.

Women of the Harlem Renaissance

Author: Cheryl A. Wall

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253114983

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

View: 8101

"Wall's writing is lively and exuberant. She passes her enthusiasm for these writers' works on to the reader. She captures the mood of the times and follows through with the writers' evolution -- sometimes to success, other times to isolation.... Women of the Harlem Renaissance is a rare blend of thorough academic research with writing that anyone can appreciate." -- Jason Zappe, Copley News Service "By connecting the women to one another, to the cultural movement in which they worked, and to other early 20th-century women writers, Wall deftly defines their place in American literature. Her biographical and literary analysis surpasses others by following up on diverse careers that often ended far past the end of the movement. Highly recommended... "Â -- Library Journal "Wall offers a wealth of information and insight on their work, lives and interaction with other writers... strong critiques... " -- Publishers Weekly The lives and works of women artists in the Harlem Renaissance -- Jessie Redmon Fauset, Nella Larsen, Zora Neale Hurston, Bessie Smith, and others. Their achievements reflect the struggle of a generation of literary women to depict the lives of Black people, especially Black women, honestly and artfully.

Plum Bun

A Novel Without a Moral

Author: Jessie Redmon Fauset

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780991052301

Category: African Americans

Page: 222

View: 7671

The story of a Angela Murray, a young black girl who discovers that passing for white brings its own problems in New York in the 1920s.

The Cambridge Companion to the Harlem Renaissance

Author: George Hutchinson

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521673686

Category: History

Page: 272

View: 3963

The most comprehensive guide on the market to the key authors and works of the African American literary movement.

Blacker the Berry...

Author: Wallace Thurman

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 068481580X

Category: Fiction

Page: 221

View: 9992

A young girl's dark black complexion is a source of humiliation to the lighter-skinned members of her social climbing family

The Lesson of the Master

Author: Henry James

Publisher: Melville House

ISBN: 1612192424

Category: Fiction

Page: 122

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"You know as well as you sit there that you'd put a pistol-ball into your brain if you had written my books!" Exemplifying Henry James's famous belief that "Art makes life," The Lesson of the Master is a piercing study of the life that art makes. When the tale's protagonist—a gifted young writer—meets and befriends a famous author he has long idolized, he is both repelled by and attracted to the artist's great secret: the emotional costs of a life dedicated to art. With extraordinary psychological insight and devastating wit, the novella asks the question of whether art is, ultimately, demeaning or ennobling for the artist, while capturing the ambiguities of a life devoted to art, and the choices artists must make. The expatriate James knew these choice well by the time he published the novella in the Universal Review in 1888, and the work reveals him at the height of his powers. The Art of The Novella Series Too short to be a novel, too long to be a short story, the novella is generally unrecognized by academics and publishers. Nonetheless, it is a form beloved and practiced by literature's greatest writers. In the Art Of The Novella series, Melville House celebrates this renegade art form and its practitioners with titles that are, in many instances, presented in book form for the first time.


Author: Nella Larsen

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486113469

Category: Fiction

Page: 112

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Married to a successful physician and prominently ensconced in society, Irene Redfield leads a charmed existence — until a chance encounter with a childhood friend who has been "passing for white."

Her Infinite Variety

Author: Louis Auchincloss

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547756348

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

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From one of America's greatest men of letters, our sublime master of manners, comes his long-awaited new novel, HER INFINITE VARIETY. Louis Auchincloss has been called "our most astute observer of moral paradox among the affluent" (Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.), his fiction described as that which "has always examined what makes life worth living" (Washington Post Book World). Now he brings us the rollicking tale of an unforgettable woman of mid-twentieth century America: the devilish, forever plotting, yet wholly beguiling Clara Hoyt. A romantic early in life, Clara gets engaged -- much to her mother's horror -- to the lackluster Bobbie Lester. Soon after her Vassar graduation, however, Clara sees the error of her ways, spurns Bobbie, and slyly enthralls the well-bred and fabulously wealthy Trevor Hoyt, the first of her husbands. Soon she lands a job at a tony magazine, and so begins her wildly entertaining course to the inner sanctum of New York's aristocracy and into the boardrooms of the publishing world. In a world where women still had to wield the weapons of allure and charm, above all else, to secure positions of power, Clara, one of the last of her kind, succeeds marvelously. Auchincloss gives us, in Clara, an irresistible Cleopatra, lovely, wily, and mercurial. As Shakespeare wrote of that feminine creation, "Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale / Her infinite variety."

Dirt Bike Ike

Casting the Dream

Author: Roy Jenkins

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1438914857

Category: Fiction

Page: 76

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This book was written for the sole purpose to encourage others to realize that no matter what condition a person gets in that God can change it and make you a respected person, give you a good family, and one of you may even he called to pastor or preach. This book also is to inspire others who work for God to be motivated from the experiences that' have in God. Hopefully, to motivate the sinner to serve God the Christian to have a greater desire toward helping others to come to Christ.

Prove It On Me

New Negroes, Sex, and Popular Culture in the 1920s

Author: Erin D. Chapman

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199910677

Category: Social Science

Page: 208

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In the wake of the Great Migration of thousands of African Americans from the scattered hamlets and farms of the rural South to the nation's burgeoning cities, a New Negro ethos of modernist cultural expression and potent self-determination arose to challenge white supremacy and create opportunities for racial advancement. In Prove It On Me, Erin D. Chapman explores the gender and sexual politics of this modern racial ethos and reveals the constraining and exploitative underside of the New Negro era's vaunted liberation and opportunities. Chapman's cultural history documents the effects on black women of the intersection of primitivism, New Negro patriarchal aspirations, and the early twentieth-century consumer culture. As U.S. society invested in the New Negroes, turning their expressions and race politics into entertaining commodities in a sexualized, primitivist popular culture, the New Negroes invested in the idea of black womanhood as a pillar of stability against the unsettling forces of myriad social and racial transformations. And both groups used black women's bodies and identities to "prove" their own modern notions and new identities. Chapman's analysis brings together advertisements selling the blueswoman to black and white consumers in a "sex-race marketplace," the didactic preachments of New Negro reformers advocating a conservative gender politics of "race motherhood," and the words of the New Negro women authors and migrants who boldly or implicitly challenged these dehumanizing discourses. Prove It On Me investigates the uses made of black women's bodies in 1920s popular culture and racial politics and black women's opportunities to assert their own modern, racial identities.

The Walls of Jericho

Author: Rudolph Fisher

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 9780472065653

Category: Fiction

Page: 307

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Lawyer Ralph Merritt buys a house in a white neighborhood bordering Harlem. In their reactions to Merritt and to one another, Fishers' characters--including the prejudiced Miss Cramp who 'takes on causes the way sticky tape picks up lint, ' Merritt's housekeeper Linda, and Shine, his piano mover--provide an invaluable view of the social and philosophical milieu of the times.Thematically, Fisher focuses on the idea of black unity and discovery of the self.

Edith Wharton and the Making of Fashion

Author: Katherine Joslin

Publisher: UPNE

ISBN: 1584657790

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 209

View: 7131

Edith Wharton and the Making of Fashion places the iconic New York figure and her writing in the context of fashion history and shows how dress lies at the very center of her thinking about art and culture. The study traces American patronage of the Paris couture houses from Worth and Doucet through Poiret and Chanel and places Wharton’s characters in these establishments and garments to offer fresh readings of her well-known novels. Less known are Wharton’s knowledge of and involvement in the craft of garment making in her tales of seamstresses, milliners, and textile workers, as well as in her creation of workshops in Paris during the First World War to employ Belgian and French seamstresses and promote the value of handmade garments in a world given to machine-driven uniformity of design and labor. Pointing the way toward further research and inquiry, Katherine Joslin has produced a truly interdisciplinary work that combines the best of literary criticism with an infectious love and appreciation of material culture.

Harlem Renaissance

Five Novels of the 1920s

Author: Rafia Zafar

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781598530995

Category: Fiction

Page: 867

View: 8651

A diverse collection includes Jean Toomer's Cane, Claude McKay's Home to Harlem, Nella Larsen's Quicksand, Jessie Fauset's Plum Bun and Wallace Thurman's The Blacker the Berry.

Virginia Woolf and 20th Century Women Writers

Author: Kathryn Stelmach Artuso

Publisher: Salem Press

ISBN: 9781619254190

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 324

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This volume examines a diverse set of texts published by notable women in the mid-20th century. From Maya Angelou and Margaret Atwood to Willa Cather and Kate Chopin, essays survey the critical conversation regarding these works, explore their historical, societal and cultural contexts, and offer close and comparative readings of key texts in the genre through a variety of critical approaches. Each essay is 2,500 to 5,000 words in length, and all essays conclude with a list of Works Cited, along with endnotes. Finally, the volume's appendixes offer a section of useful reference resources.

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