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The indignant generation : a narrative history of African American writers and critics, 1934-1960

Lawrence P. Jackson.
  • Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2011.
  • xiv, 579 pages : illustrations; 25 cm.
  • The Indignant Generation is the first narrative history of the neglected but essential period of African American literature between the Harlem Renaissance and the civil rights era. The years between these two indispensable epochs saw the communal rise of Richard Wright, Gwendolyn Brooks, Ralph Ellison, Lorraine Hansberry, James Baldwin, and many other influential black writers. While these individuals have been duly celebrated, little attention has been paid to the political and artistic milieu in which they produced their greatest works. With this commanding study, Lawrence Jackson recalls the lost history of a crucial era. --
  • Looking at the tumultuous decades surrounding World War II, Jackson restores the "indignant" quality to a generation of African American writers shaped by Jim Crow segregation, the Great Depression, the growth of American communism, and an international wave of decolonization. He also reveals how artistic collectives in New York, Chicago, and Washington fostered a sense of destiny and belonging among diverse and disenchanted peoples. As Jackson shows through contemporary documents, the years that brought us Their Eyes Were Watching God, Native Son, and Invisible Man also saw the rise of African American literary criticism---by both black and white critics. --
  • Fully exploring the cadre of key African American writers who triumphed in spite of segregation, The Indignant Generation paints a vivid portrait of American intellectual and artistic life in the mid-twentieth century. --Book Jacket.
  • ch. One Three Swinging Sisters: Harlem, Howard, and the South Side (1934-1936)
  • ch. Two Black Avant-Garde between Left and Right (1935-1939)
  • ch. Three New Kind of Challenge (1936-1939)
  • ch. Four Triumph of Chicago Realism (1938-1940)
  • ch. Five Bigger Thomas among the Liberals (1940-1943)
  • ch. Six Friends in Need of Negroes: Bucklin Moon and Thomas Sancton (1942-1945)
  • ch. Seven "Beating That Boy": White Writers, Critics, Editors, and the Liberal Arts Coalition (1944-1949)
  • ch. Eight Afroliberals and the End of World War II (1945-1946)
  • ch. Nine Black Futilitarianists and the Welcome Table (1945-1947)
  • ch. Ten Peril of Something New, or, the Decline of Social Realism (1947-1948)
  • ch. Eleven Negro New Liberal Critic and the Big Little Magazine (1948-1949)
  • ch. Twelve Communist Dream of African American Modernism (1947-1950)
  • ch. Thirteen Insinuating Poetics of the Mainstream (1949-1950)
  • ch. Fourteen Still Looking for Freedom (1949-1954)
  • ch. Fifteen Expatriation: The Price of Brown and the New Bohemians (1952-1955)
  • ch. Sixteen Liberal Friends No More: The Rubble of White Patronage (1956-1958)
  • ch. Seventeen End of the Negro Writer (1955-1960)
  • ch. Eighteen Reformation of Black New Liberals (1958-1960)
  • ch. Nineteen Prometheus Unbound (1958-1960).
Other information
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • 9780691141350 (cloth : alk. paper)
  • 0691141355 (cloth : alk. paper)
Identifying numbers
  • LCCN: 2009049322
  • OCLC: 473655638