The Works of Alain Locke (Collected Black Writings)

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With the publication of The New Negro in 1925, Alain Locke introduced readers all over the U.S. to the vibrant world of African American thought. As an author, editor, and patron, Locke rightly earned the appellation "Godfather of the Harlem Renaissance." Yet, his intellectual contributions extend far beyond that single period of cultural history. Throughout his life he penned essays, on topics ranging from John Keats to Sigmund Freud, in addition to his trenchant social commentary on race and society.

The Works of Alain Locke provides the largest collection available of his brilliant essays, gathered from a career that spanned forty years. They cover an impressively broad field of subjects: philosophy, literature, the visual arts, music, the theory of value, race, politics, and multiculturalism. Alongside seminal works such as "The New Negro" the volume features essays like "The Ethics of Culture," "Apropos of Africa," and "Pluralism and Intellectual Democracy." Together, these writings demonstrate Locke's standing as the leading African American thinker between W. E. B. Du Bois and Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Charles Molesworth is the coauthor, with Leonard Harris, of Alain L. Locke: The Biography of a Philosopher (University of Chicago Press, 2008).

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"Molesworth has compiled fascinating essays on art, aesthetics, race, and democracy written by Locke well before and after, not just during, his so-called deanship of the New Negro Renaissance in the 1920s. Anyone interested in Locke and his place in American intellectual history should read this book." --Gene Jarrett, author of Representing the Race: A New Political History of African American Literature


"Widely, and rightly, celebrated as one of the key architects of the New Negro cultural renaissance of the 1920s, Alain Locke is nevertheless more often invoked than carefully engaged. The Works of Alain Locke joins recent scholarly efforts to address this imbalance by recapturing the scope and complexity of almost a half-century of Locke's writing--on literature, visual and performing arts, aesthetics, race, and democracy. Charles Molesworth's fine introduction provides excellent historical, intellectual, and cultural context to this definitive collection of an essential figure in American cultural history." --James Miller, author of Remembering Scottsboro: The Legacy of an Infamous Trial


"A superb new collection...An impressive potpourri of Locke's writings covering the full flower of his passions and prose." --Philadelphia Weekly


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