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Bontemps, Arna Wendell

Bontemps, Arna Wendell   Reference library

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature

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2006
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Literature, Children's literature studies
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..., 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...

Bontemps, Arna [Wendell]

Bontemps, Arna [Wendell]   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to American Literature (6 ed.)

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2004
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..., 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

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 ...
Martin Robison Delany

Martin Robison Delany  

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(1812–85),free-born black of the present West Virginia, who published a newspaper in Pittsburgh, assisted Frederick Douglass with his journal, attended Harvard Medical School for a year before ...
Bontemps, Arna

Bontemps, Arna (b. 13 October 1902)   Reference library

Encyclopedia of African American History 1896 to the Present

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2009
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..., Arna ( b. 13 October 1902 ; d. 4 June 1973 ), poet , anthologist , and librarian during the Harlem Renaissance. Born in Alexandria, Louisiana, from age three Arna Wendell Bontemps grew up in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles. After attending public schools there, he attended Pacific Union College in Angwin, California, graduating in 1923 . After college Bontemps, who had already begun writing, moved to New York City and became a teacher in Harlem. Like his contemporary Arthur A. Schomburg , Bontemps excavated the rich cultural heritage of the...

Newsome, Effie Lee

Newsome, Effie Lee   Reference library

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature

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2006
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208 words

...poems about the value of an African heritage, and nonsense verses in the manner of Edward Lear . Her poems for adults (acerbic criticisms of white exploitation) were included in The Poetry of the Negro, 1746–1949 , edited by Langston Hughes and Arna Bontemps ( 1949 ). See also Bontemps, Arna Wendell ; Brownies Book, The ; and Hughes, Langston . Donnarae MacCann MacCann, Donnarae . “Effie Lee Newsome: African American Poet of the 1920s.” Children's Literature Association Quarterly (Summer 1988):...

Bontemps, Arna

Bontemps, Arna (1902–73)   Quick reference

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

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2021
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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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2002
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Literature
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1,195 words

...archive. Bontemps's most distinctive works are ringing affirmations of the human passion for freedom and the desire for social justice inherent in us all. Arnold Rampersad called him the conscience of his era and it could be fairly added that his 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...

Harsh, Vivian Gordon

Harsh, Vivian Gordon (27 May 1890)   Reference library

Black Women in America (2 ed.)

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2005
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... ( WPA ) Federal Writers Project launched a study called “The Negro in Illinois.” Headed by Arna Bontemps ; the library served as its unofficial headquarters. Many young scholars were attracted to the library’s “Book Review and Lecture Forum,” begun by Harsh in 1933 . Its semimonthly meetings continued for twenty years and featured an impressive array of black speakers, including Richard Wright , Langston Hughes , Zora Neale Hurston , Arna Bontemps, Gwendolyn Brooks , Horace Cayton , William Attaway , Margaret Walker , Alain Locke , and St....

Bibliography, Selected

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Green's Dictionary of Slang

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2011
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...ABC (London 2001) ‘ Bonnamy, Francis ’ (pseud. Audrey Walz) Blood and Thirsty (New York 1949) [London 1952] —— Death on a Dude Ranch (New York 1937) [London 1953] —— Self Portrait of Murder (New York 1947) [London 1951] —— A Rope of Sand (New York 1944) [London 1947] Bontemps, Arna God Sends Sunday (New York 1931) Bon Ton Magazine, Or, Microscope of Fashion and Folly (London 1791–6) Boorde, Andrew First Boke of the Introduction of Knowledge (London 1542) [London 1870] Booth, Ernest Stealing Through Life (New York 1929) Booth, J.B. London...

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