Harlem Renaissance: A Gale Critical Companion, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0787666181
  • ISBN-13: 9780787666187
  • DDC: 810.9
  • Shipping Weight: 12.80 lbs ( 5.81 kgs)
  • 1500 Pages | Print | Hardcover
  • © 2003 | Published



This line in Gale’s Literary Criticism Series presents comprehensive collections of criticism related to particular literary movements. This set, Harlem Renaissance, includes entries on the major topics, authors and works of the period complete with reprinted full text literary criticism. Volume 1 features an introduction to the Harlem Renaissance, written by a noted scholar in the field, a descriptive chronology of events and entries on five major topics related to the movement. Volumes 2 and 3 include approximately 35 entries on the major literary figures and their works from the period. These entries include a biographical/critical introduction, a complete bibliography of the author’s works and full text reprinted criticism about the author or individual works. Authors covered in Harlem Renaissance include:

  • Gwendolyn B. Bennett
  • Marita Bonner
  • Arna Bontemps
  • William Stanley Braithwaite
  • Countee Cullen
  • W.E.B. Du Bois
  • Marcus Garvey
  • Langston Hughes
  • Zora Neale Hurston
  • Nella Larsen
  • Anne Spencer
  • Dorothy West
  • And many others

Entries also provide an annotated bibliography of further reading sources. The set also includes author, title and subject/theme indexes; a diverse selection of photographs; primary source documents from the period; and sidebars that offer social and historical context to complement author and topic entries.


"This set is the first in...an effort to bring together collections of criticism related to particular literary movements. The three volumes provide a wealth of informaion about the Harlem Renaissance..Each volume contains author, title, and subject indexes. There is little overlap with Gale’s various literary criticism series, because only thisset offers primary sources, photographs, and sidebars that add historical and cultural context on a topic or an author’s world...Recommended. Undergraduates, graduate students, and scholars of African American literature." -- Choice (June 2003)

— Choice

"Intended for uppper-high-school and undergraduates students, Harlem Renaissance spans three volumes. Volume I focuses on five topic areas, starting with an overview and background information, then moving on to chapters on social, economic, and political factors; publishing and periodical; performing arts; and the visual arts...Volumes 2 and 3 are devoted to writers. Eleven female and twenty-two male authors are discussed,..Although much of the content is available elsewhere, including other publications from Gale...it is useful to have so much material brought together and presented in this particular context. The breadth and depth of Harlem Renaissance make it a valuble and unique reference source for academic, public, and high-school libraries. A resource with a similar title, Harlem Renaissance (UXL, 2000), is better suited for younger audiences." -- Reference Book Bulletin (April 2003)

— Reference Books Bulletin