Discusses the rise of the Harlem Renaissance in the early twentieth century and the artists responsible for the art, music, theater, prose, and poetry created in that era.
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Grade 8 Up. Jacques covers several aspects of the Harlem Renaissance in separate chapters: poetry, music, prose, theater, visual arts, and the Renaissance abroad. Duke Ellington, Josephine Baker, Langston Hughes, and Zora Neale Hurston are some of the names that appear. Chapters are generally short and are accompanied by unexceptional black-and-white photographs, many of which look like they might have been publicity shots. Women of the Renaissance are not given the same coverage as men. Although the author cites an impressive bibliography, quotes from primary sources are scarce, except in the poetry chapter. Thus, the text lacks immediacy, and in places, is unpolished. Jim Haskins's The Harlem Renaissance (Millbrook, 1996) does a much better job of capturing the spirit and excitement of this special time in American artistic history.?Marilyn Makowski, Greenwood High School, SC
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Gr. 7^-10. Like James Haskins' The Harlem Renaissance (1996), this provides a useful overview of the poetry, music, novels, theater, and visual arts of the great African American artistic renaissance. The style is dull (with none of the enthusiastic commentary of Giovanni's anthology Shimmy Shimmy Shimmy Like My Sister Kate ), and the copyediting is careless. However, the coverage is quite comprehensive, with discussions of many individual artists and their sometimes conflicting views of African American identity. There are source notes for quotes and a long bibliography. Hazel Rochman
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Book Description Franklin Watts, 1996. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0531112721
Book Description Franklin Watts, 1996. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110531112721