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When Harlem Was in Vogue (1981 original; edició 1997)

de David Levering Lewis (Autor)

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Tremendous optimism filled the streets of Harlem during the decade and a half following World War I. Langston Hughes, Eubie Blake, Marcus Garvey, Zora Neale Hurston, Paul Robeson, and countless others began their careers; Afro-America made its first appearance on Broadway; musicians found new audiences in the chic who sought out the exotic in Harlem's whites-only nightclubs; riotous rent parties kept economic realities at bay; and A'Lelia Walker and Carl Van Vechten outdid each other with glittering "integrated" soirées. When Harlem Was in Vogue recaptures the excitement of those times, displaying the intoxicating hope that black Americans could create important art and compel the nation to recognize their equality. In this critically-acclaimed study of race assimilation, David Levering Lewis focuses on the creation and manipulation of an arts and belles-lettres culture by a tiny Afro-American elite, striving to enhance "race relations" in America, and ultimately, the upward mobility of the Afro-American masses. He demonstrates how black intellectuals developed a systematic program to bring artists to Harlem, conducting nation-wide searches for black talent and urging WASP and Jewish philanthropists (termed "Negrotarians" by Zora Neale Hurston) to help support writers. This extensively-researched, fascinating volume reveals the major significance of the Renaissance as a movement which sprang up in Harlem but lent its mood to the entire era, and as a culturally-vital period whose after-effects continue to add immeasurably to the richness and character of American life.… (més)
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Títol:When Harlem Was in Vogue
Autors:David Levering Lewis (Autor)
Informació:Penguin Books (1997), Edition: Reprint, 448 pages
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Etiquetes:to-read, afro-american-studies, lit-crit

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An exhaustive history of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920's. Many readers may be surprised and disappointed that this survey is far more focused on the black literary scene than the Jazz scene that is more well known today, but this reflects the interests of the black intellectuals of that era. Writers like Langston Hughes, Jean Toomer, Countee Cullen, James Weldon Johnson, Alain Locke, Zora Neale Hurston, Wallace Thurman, are discussed in some detail. There are also explanations of various rival political and religious figures like W.E.B. Du Boise, Marcus Garvey, The NAACP, Father Devine and others. Music in Harlem can hardly be ignored of course so figures like James Reese Europe, Bessie Smith, Fletcher Hendrson, Ethel Waters, James P Johnson, Fats Waller, Black Swan Records and the nightclub scene make appearances but it is hard to deny that this highly durable and influential aspect of Harlem life deserves more space. There is also some mention given to art, dance and business leaders. Despite the glaring omissions of the music history (which are after all well documented elsewhere) this is an important and detailed snapshot of an important era.
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Tremendous optimism filled the streets of Harlem during the decade and a half following World War I. Langston Hughes, Eubie Blake, Marcus Garvey, Zora Neale Hurston, Paul Robeson, and countless others began their careers; Afro-America made its first appearance on Broadway; musicians found new audiences in the chic who sought out the exotic in Harlem's whites-only nightclubs; riotous rent parties kept economic realities at bay; and A'Lelia Walker and Carl Van Vechten outdid each other with glittering "integrated" soirées. When Harlem Was in Vogue recaptures the excitement of those times, displaying the intoxicating hope that black Americans could create important art and compel the nation to recognize their equality. In this critically-acclaimed study of race assimilation, David Levering Lewis focuses on the creation and manipulation of an arts and belles-lettres culture by a tiny Afro-American elite, striving to enhance "race relations" in America, and ultimately, the upward mobility of the Afro-American masses. He demonstrates how black intellectuals developed a systematic program to bring artists to Harlem, conducting nation-wide searches for black talent and urging WASP and Jewish philanthropists (termed "Negrotarians" by Zora Neale Hurston) to help support writers. This extensively-researched, fascinating volume reveals the major significance of the Renaissance as a movement which sprang up in Harlem but lent its mood to the entire era, and as a culturally-vital period whose after-effects continue to add immeasurably to the richness and character of American life.

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