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Book of American Negro Poetry

Book of American Negro Poetry - (rev edition

ISBN13: 978-0156135399

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ISBN13: 978-0156135399
ISBN10: 0156135396
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: (REV)69
Publisher: Harcourt Brace or Harcourt Press
Published: 1969
International: No

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Book of American Negro Poetry - (REV)69 edition

ISBN13: 978-0156135399

James Weldon Johnson

ISBN13: 978-0156135399
ISBN10: 0156135396
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: (REV)69
Publisher: Harcourt Brace or Harcourt Press

Published: 1969
International: No
Summary

James Weldon Johnson declares here in his preface that there is a need for African-American poets to "work out a new and distinctive form of expression," and he predicts that "the undeniable creative genius of the Negro is destined to make a distinctive and valuable contribution to American poetry." His anthology went on to become a historic event, for in his selection of the forty poets collected here, he gathered not only the best of the Harlem Renaissance writers, but also the post-World War I poets such as Countee Cullen and Langston Hughes, who went on to challenge racial stereotypes in an effort to be recognized simply as poets.

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