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The new Negro : the life of Alain Locke

Author: Jeffrey C Stewart
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2018.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A tiny, fastidiously dressed man emerged from Black Philadelphia around the turn of the century to mentor a generation of young artists including Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, and Jacob Lawrence and call them the New Negro--the creative African Americans whose art, literature, music, and drama would inspire Black people to greatness. In The New Negro : The Life of Alain Locke, Jeffrey C. Stewart offers the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Biografie
Named Person: Alain Locke; Alain Locke; Alain Locke; Alain LeRoy Locke
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jeffrey C Stewart
ISBN: 9780195089578 019508957X
OCLC Number: 1026899931
Awards: Winner of Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography Winner of the National Book Award for Nonfiction Finalist, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work - Biography/ Autobiography Winner of the PROSE Award for Best Biography/ Autobiography from the Association of American Publishers Winner of The Mark Lynton History Prize Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2018 for Nonfiction Booklist 2018 Editors' Choice Booklist 2018 Editors' Choice Winner of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association Award for Nonfiction Finalist, The Museum of African American History Stone Book Award Finalist, Plutarch Award of the Biographers International Organization.
Contents: AcknowledgmentsSection I. The Education of Alain Locke1. A Death and a Birth 2. A Black Victorian Childhood 3. Child God and Black Aesthete 4. An Errand of Culture at Howard College, 1904-1905 5. A Reluctant Prometheus: Locke's Intellectual Awakening at Harvard, 1905-1907 6. Going for the Rhodes 7. Oxford Contrasts 8. Black Cosmopolitan 9. Paying Second Year Dues at Oxford, 1908-1909 10. Italy and America, 1909-1910 11. Berlin Stories 12. Exile's Return 13. Back in the U.S.S.R., 1911-1912 14. Search for a Voice at Howard University, 1912-1916 15. Rapprochement and Silence: Harvard, 1916-1917 16. Fitting in Washington, DC, 1917-1922 Section II: Enter the New Negro17. Rebirth 18. Queen Mother of the Movement, 1922-1923 19. Opportunity Knocks 20. Egypt Bound 21. Renaissance and Self-Fashioning in 1924 22. The Dinner and the Dean 23. Battling the Barnes 24. Looking for Love 25. Survey Says 26. Renaissance and Rejection 27. The New Negro and The Blacks 28. Beauty or Propaganda? 29. The Curator and the Patron 30. Langston's Indian Summer 31. The American Scholar 32. Loves' Labour Lost Section III: Metamorphosis33. The Naked and the Nude 34. The Saving Grace of Realism 35. Bronze Booklets, Gold Art 36. Warn A Brother 37. The Riot and the Ride 38. Conversion 39. Two Trains Running 40. Queer Toussaint 41. The Invisible Locke 42. FBI, Haiti, and Diasporic Democracy 43. Inclusion and Death: Wisdom de Profundis 44: Buried but not Dead EpilogueNotesSelected Bibliography Index
Responsibility: Jeffrey C. Stewart.

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"A tiny, fastidiously dressed man emerged from Black Philadelphia around the turn of the century to mentor a generation of young artists including Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, and Jacob Lawrence and call them the New Negro--the creative African Americans whose art, literature, music, and drama would inspire Black people to greatness. In The New Negro : The Life of Alain Locke, Jeffrey C. Stewart offers the definitive biography of the father of the Harlem Renaissance, based on the extant primary sources of his life and on interviews with those who knew him personally. He narrates the education of Locke, including his becoming the first African American Rhodes Scholar and earning a PhD in philosophy at Harvard University, and his long career as a professor at Howard University. Locke also received a cosmopolitan, aesthetic education through his travels in continental Europe, where he came to appreciate the beauty of art and experienced a freedom unknown to him in the United States. And yet he became most closely associated with the flowering of Black culture in Jazz Age America and his promotion of the literary and artistic work of African Americans as the quintessential creations of American modernism. In the process he looked to Africa to find the proud and beautiful roots of the race. Shifting the discussion of race from politics and economics to the arts, he helped establish the idea that Black urban communities could be crucibles of creativity. Stewart explores both Locke's professional and private life, including his relationships with his mother, his friends, and his white patrons, as well as his lifelong search for love as a gay man. Stewart's thought-provoking biography recreates the worlds of this illustrious, enigmatic man who, in promoting the cultural heritage of Black people, became--in the process--a New Negro himself."

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