Lost Plays of the Harlem Renaissance, 1920-1940

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James Vernon Hatch, Leo Hamalian
Wayne State University Press, 1996 - Drama - 467 pages
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This compilation of sixteen plays written during the Harlem Renaissance brings together for the first time the works of Langston Hughes, George S. Schuyler,

Francis Hall Johnson, Shirley Graham, and others. In the introduction, James V. Hatch sets the plays in a historical context as he describes the challenges presented to artists by the political and social climate of the time. The topics of the plays cover the realm of the

human experience in styles as wide-ranging as poetry, farce, comedy, tragedy, social realism, and romance. Individual introductions to each play provide essential biographical background on the playwrights.

In the continuing rediscovery of writers and works from the Harlem Renaissance, Lost Plays of the Harlem Renaissance 1920-1940 serves as essential background for contemporary readers and is a valuable contribution to African American literary and theatrical scholarship.

 

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Like Kathy Perkins's Black Female Playwrights: An Anthology of Plays Before 1950 (Indiana Univ., 1989) and Hatch and Hamalian's own The Roots of African American Drama: An Anthology of Early Plays ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
9
On the Fields of France 1920
23
George S Schuyler
45
Alvira Hazzard
61
SonBoy1928
76
RalfM Coleman
93
John Frederick Matheus
107
Burris
125
Mercedes Gilbert
201
Francis Hall Johnson
227
Conrad Seller
281
Langston Hughes
331
The EmFuehrer Jones 1920
358
Documents Relevant to
391
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About the author (1996)

Leo Hamalian, a Ph.D. from Columbia University, is a professor of English at The City College of New York. He has written or edited more than one dozen volumes, including As Others See Us and In Search of

Eden, and is currently editor of Ararat.

James V. Hatch is a professor of English at the City University of New York. A Ph.D. from the University of Iowa, he edited Black Theatre in the U.S.A., 1847-1974 and Black

Playwrights, 1825-1977: An Annotated Bibliography.

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