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Arna

Arna   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Literature
Length:
61 words

... , the journal of the University of Sydney Arts Society, began in 1918 and appeared irregularly; it was incorporated into New Literature Review in 1975 . Several subsequently well-known writers contributed to Arna , including A. D. Hope , Muir Holburn , Charles Higham , Vincent Buckley , Bernard Smith , John Croyston , Bruce Beaver , Donald Horne , Harold Stewart , James McAuley , Geoffrey Lehmann , Les Murray and Clive James...

Bontemps, Arna

Bontemps, Arna (1902–73)   Quick reference

The Concise Oxford Companion to American Literature (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2021
Subject:
Literature
Length:
212 words

...Arna ( Wendell ) ( 1902–73 ) , author of poetry, stories, histories, novels, and children’s books depicting Black culture and themes of freedom and social justice. Bontemps was born in Louisiana, educated in California, and, as a young adult, moved to New York, where he became a central figure in the Harlem Renaissance alongside Langston Hughes , W. E. B. Du Bois , Claude McKay , and Zora Neale Hurston . He earned a master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Chicago and became librarian of Fisk University, where he helped to...

Bontemps, Arna

Bontemps, Arna (1902–1973)   Reference library

The Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2002
Subject:
Literature
Length:
1,195 words

...tendency to fuse history and imagination represents his personal legacy to a collective memory. Charles H. Nichols , ed., Arna Bontemps-Langston Hughes Letters, 1925–1967, 1988. Kirkland C. Jones , Renaissance Man from Louisiana: A Biography of Arna Wendell Bontemps, 1992. Charles L. James , “Arna W. Bontemps' Creole Heritage,” Syracuse University Library Associates Courier 30 (1995): 91–115. Daniel Reagan , “Achieving Perspective: Arna Bontemps and the Shaping Force of Harlem Culture,” in Essays in Arts and Sciences , 25 (1996): 69–78. Charles L....

Bontemps, Arna

Bontemps, Arna   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English

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Current Version:
2005

...Arna ( 1902–73 ), American poet , short-story writer , and novelist , born in Alexandria, Louisiana, educated at Pacific Union College, California and at the University of Chicago. He moved to the Harlem district of New York at the beginning of the Harlem Renaissance, where he became well known as a poet. Most of his poems were published in the 1920s for periodicals such as The Crisis and were collected in Personals ( 1963 ). Though terse in a modernist manner, his poems also echo cadences from traditional African-American Christianity. In the...

Bontemps, Arna [Wendell]

Bontemps, Arna [Wendell]   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to American Literature (6 ed.)

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Current Version:
2004
Subject:
Literature
Length:
149 words

...Arna [Wendell] ( 1902–73 ), Louisiana-born author, educated in California, received an M.A. from the University of Chicago, and was librarian of Fisk University. His novels about his black people include God Sends Sunday ( 1931 ), about a jockey, dramatized with Countee Cullen as St. Louis Woman ( 1946 ); Black Thunder ( 1936 ), about a slave revolt in Virginia in 1800 ; Drums at Dusk ( 1939 ), about the slave revolt and emancipation in Haiti; and many children's books, including Sam Patch ( 1951 ), written with Jack Conroy . His...

Bontemps, Arna Wendell

Bontemps, Arna Wendell   Reference library

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature

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Current Version:
2006
Subject:
Literature, Children's literature studies
Length:
159 words

...Arna Wendell ( 1902–1973 ), African American author and anthologist. A high school teacher and college librarian, Louisiana-born Arna Bontemps spent several years in New York City during the Harlem Renaissance. He collaborated with his friend Langston Hughes in writing his first juvenile book, Popo and Fifina: Children of Haiti ( 1932 ). Throughout his career, Bontemps wrote books for both adults and children, breaking barriers by compiling one of the first African American poetry collections for children ( Golden Slippers: An Anthology of Negro...

Arna

Arna  

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The journal of the University of Sydney Arts Society, began in 1918 and appeared irregularly; it was incorporated into New Literature Review in 1975. Several subsequently well-known writers ...
Bontemps, Arna

Bontemps, Arna  

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(1902–73),Louisiana-born author, educated in California, received an M.A. from the University of Chicago, and was librarian of Fisk University. His novels about his black people include God Sends ...
Oliver M. Somerville

Oliver M. Somerville  

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(?–1947),a Sydney poet who was acquainted with such writers as A. D. Hope, Harry Hooton, James McAuley, Harold Stewart and Garry Lyle, contributed to such periodicals as Arna and ...
New Literature Review

New Literature Review  

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Began publication in 1975 as the successor to Arna. Its first issue contained poetry, e.g. by Vivian Smith and Chris Wallace-Crabbe, short fiction, e.g. by Frank Moorhouse and Michael Wilding ...
Wallace Thurman

Wallace Thurman  

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(b. 16 August 1902; d. 22 December 1934),writer and editor. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, Wallace Thurman had to cover a lot of ground before he arrived in ...
Sarah Webster Fabio

Sarah Webster Fabio  

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(1928–1979), poet, educator,and leading figure and pioneer in the Black Studies and Black Arts movements. Born in Nashville, Tennessee, on 20 January 1928, Sarah Webster Fabio was the precocious ...
God Sends Sunday

God Sends Sunday  

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A novel by Arna Bontemps, God Sends Sunday was published in 1931. According to local legend, Little Augie, born with a caul over his face, is blessed with the double gifts of luck and clair-voyance, ...
Effie Lee Newsome

Effie Lee Newsome  

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(1885–1979), children's poet, short fiction writer, and editor of a literary column for children in the Crisis from 1925 to 1929.Effie Lee Newsome (born Mary Effie Lee) was an important link between ...
Haki R. Madhubuti

Haki R. Madhubuti  

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(1942– ),was born Don L. Lee in Little Rock, Arkansas, and raised in the ‘black bottom’ of Detroit, Michigan. His early life was difficult: his father deserted the family when ...
Samuel W. Allen

Samuel W. Allen  

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(b. 1917), poet, educator, translator, and lawyer.Born in Columbus, Ohio, Samuel Allen (also known as Paul Vesey) studied creative writing under James Weldon Johnson at Fisk where he graduated magna ...
Popo and Fifina

Popo and Fifina  

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Literature
A juvenile novel by Arna Bontemps and Langston Hughes with illustrations by E. Simms Campbell, Popo and Fifina: Children of Haiti was published in 1932. Papa Jean and Mamma Anna, peasant farmers ...
Fenton Johnson

Fenton Johnson  

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(1888–1958), poet, essayist, author of short stories, editor, and educator,who created works that foreshadowed the Harlem Renaissance. Fenton Johnson's first poetry appeared in 1913, and his last was ...
Ted Joans

Ted Joans  

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(1928–2003), poet, multimedia performer, musician, painter, surrealist, traveling storyteller, Beat writer, and Black Nationalist Manifesto writer.Ted Joans was born in Cairo, Illinois, on 4 July ...
Federal Writers' Project

Federal Writers' Project  

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Operated (1935–39) by the Works Progress Administration as a measure for the relief of unemployed writers, journalists, editors, and research workers. Directed by Henry G. Alsberg, the Project ...

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