American Negro Poetry: An Anthology

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Arna Bontemps
Macmillan, Dec 31, 1995 - Literary Criticism - 234 pages
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With 200,000 copies in print, this anthology has for decades been seen as a fundamental collection of African-American verse. Bontemps (1902-73), an important figure during and after the Harlem Renaissance, author of more than 25 novels, and longtime librarian at Fisk University, last revised this classic anthology just before his death, adding such crucial new voices as Audre Lorde, Nikki Giovanni, and Bob Kaufman, among others.

This edition, issued in 1996, reprints the poems in Bontemps's revised volume along with updated biographical notes. Nearly seventy poets are represented, their works indexed by both author and title.

 

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Contents

Paul Laurence Dunbar
5
William Stanley Braithwaite
15
Claude McKay
28
Melvin B Tolson
37
Marcus B Christian
52
Clarissa Scott Delany
59
Gwendolyn B Bennett
73
Countee Cullen
83
Dudley Randall
121
Collins
127
Frank Yerby
134
Gwendolyn Brooks
141
Wright
144
Yvonne Gregory
153
Mari E Evans
163
Russell Atkins
169

Donald Jeffrey Hayes
90
Frank Marshall Davis
96
Richard Wright
103
Fauli Murray
107
Conrad Kent Rivers
176
Clarence Major
182
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About the author (1995)

Arna Bontemps (1902-1973), produced more than twenty-five novels, anthologies, children's books, and histories of black life, including the novel God Sends Sunday and The Story of the Negro. Bontemps's later years were spent at Fisk University as chief librarian and writer-in-residence.

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