After Winter: The Art and Life of Sterling A. Brown

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John Edgar Tidwell, Steven C. Tracy
OUP USA, Apr 9, 2009 - Literary Criticism - 464 pages
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John Edgar Tidwell and Steven C. Tracy have brought together for the first time a book-length collection of critical and theoretical writings about Sterling A. Brown that recovers and reasserts his continuing importance for a contemporary audience. Exploring new directions in the study of Brown's life and work, After Winter is structured around the following three features: (1) new and previously published essays that sum up contemporary approaches to the multifaceted works that Brown created in a variety of genres; (2) interviews with Brown's acquaitances and contemporaries that articulate his unique aesthetic vision and communicate his importance as a scholar, creative writer, and teacher; and (3) a discography of source material that innovatively extends the study and teaching of Brown's acclaimed poetry, especially his Southern Road, focusing on recordings of folk materials relevant to the subject matter, style, and meaning of individual poems from his oeuvre.

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John Edgar Tidwell is Associate Professor of English at the University of Kansas. Awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, among many others, have enabled him to publish widely on aspects of African American literature, focusingespecially on poets Sterling A. Brown, Langston Hughes, and Frank Marshall Davis. Steven C. Tracy is Professor of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Among his book publications are Langston Hughes and the Blues (University of Illinois Press, 1988); Going toCincinnati: A History of the Blues in the Queen City (University of Illinois Press 1993); A Historical Guide to Ralph Ellison (Oxford University Press, 2004); and A Historical Guide to

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