Harlem Speaks: A Living History of the Harlem Renaissance, Includes Audio CDs, Edited by Cary D. Wintz

Harlem Speaks: A Living History of the Harlem Renaissance, Includes Audio CDs, Edited by Cary D. Wintz

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The early decades of the twentieth century saw the transformation of Harlem into a Mecca where African Americans immersed themselves in black culture, and where their ideas and works gained acclaim among people of all colors. This was the era of W.E.B. Du Bois and the Jazz Age, when blacks challenged the status quo, Harlem was in its heyday and downtown thrill-seekers crowded its bars, cabarets, and jazz joints. 

Harlem Speaks showcases the lives and works of the artists, writers and intellectuals behind the stunning outburst of African American culture in the three decades after World War I. In the tradition of the New York Times bestseller Poetry Speaks, the book combines each subject's key works with biographical and critical essays by leading Harlem Renaissance authority Cary Wintz and other experts.

The integrated audio CDs feature music, poetry and literary readings, interviews, radio broadcasts, discussions and speeches, bringing the Harlem of legend to vibrant life once again.

Hear, see and read the best of:
Langston Hughes
Claude McKay
Zora Neale Hurston
Richard Wright
Duke Ellington
Ethel Waters
Josephine Baker
Marcus Garvey
Alain Locke
and more

The audio also includes never-before-released interviews conducted by Pulitzer Prize winning author David Levering Lewis. Evocative and encompassing, Harlem Speaks places you at the zenith of this vital cultural movement.

Hardcover book 2007

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