By George Parker Anderson
American Modernism: 1914-1945 covers American literature in the course of the time of conflict and melancholy within the first half the twentieth century. This new study advisor brings this crucial literary interval to existence, supplying scholars with thoughts for learning and writing.
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A writer such as Hurston, who was in many ways ahead of her times, was controversial within the circle of her artist peers, in part because of her shifting ideas on social reform but also because of her expansive and challenging views on identity politics. In the 1940s the harsh urban realism of Richard Wright (1908–1960) and his graphic literature of social protest anticipated the postwar work of Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, and the militant writers of the Black Arts Movement. Wright’s substantial body of work includes novels, poems, stories, essays, and his 1945 autobiography, Black Boy.
Bonner was a playwright and shortstory writer as well as an essayist. Sterling A. Brown (1901–1989) Poet, literary critic, and—like his father—a professor at Howard University. Brown specialized in African American folklore and literature. indd 32 4/6/10 9:23:13 AM African American Literature and the Harlem Renaissance 33 Charles W. Chesnutt (1858–1932) Became the nation’s first widely read African American author with such works as The Conjure Woman (1899) and The Marrow of Tradition (1901) and continued to publish into the 1920s.
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