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  1. Ebony Rising: Short Fiction of the Greater Harlem Renaissance Era
    Ebony Rising: Short Fiction of the Greater Harlem Renaissance Era
    Ebony Rising: Short Fiction of the Greater Harlem Renaissance Era
    Ebony Rising: Short Fiction of the Greater Harlem Renaissance Era
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  2. Ebony Rising: Short Fiction of the Greater Harlem Renaissance Era

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Ebony Rising is the first comprehensive, gender-balanced collection of short fiction from the greater Harlem Renaissance era (1912–1940). This was a time marked by writing of extraordinary breadth and depth by some of the most famous authors in African American literary history. Among them were Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Jean Toomer, Dorothy West, and Claude McKay. Not surprisingly, these authors have received an unprecedented amount of critical attention, and their work remains popular to this day.

For this anthology, Craig Gable has selected 52 short stories by 37 writers (20 women and 17 men) representing a wide range of style, form, subject matter, and social awareness. To underscore the movement’s growth and change, the stories are arranged chronologically by year of publication. Some will be familiar to readers; many more will not, for this is not the "greatest hits" of the Harlem Renaissance. Instead, readers will find a remarkable collection of fiction by authors famous and obscure―some who lived in New York City and others who never resided there. There are stories set in Harlem, but they are just as likely to take place elsewhere in the United States. Alongside traditional stories, there are examples of detective fiction, political satire, even science fiction, with a few experiments in narrative structure and form for good measure. The stories take up issues of race, marriage, parenthood, crime, politics, religion, work, abuse, old age, and death―in short, the stuff of life, and of compelling and lasting fiction.

A selected bibliography documents some 300 books and articles on the Harlem Renaissance. There is a separate list of sources for other short stories by the authors appearing in this anthology; a list of award-winning short fiction from two black literary contests of the day; timelines of important historical, literary, and cultural events; and other aids for teachers, students, and reading groups.

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Craig Gable
Indiana University Press
Indiana University Press
Indiana University Press
Indiana University Press
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I'm an eclectic reader. The only common thread between the books I most enjoy reading is that they are all excellent. Trust me. It's a high bar. Ebony Rising was a library book for me first. I kept turning the page and finding brand new reasons to be blown away. The book had to be easily accessible always. Thank you, Amazon. It was not easy to find. Claude McKay's Crazy Mary would be reason enough to buy the entire anthology. But then again, so would Eloise Bibb Thompson's Mademoiselle 'Tasie. Flawlessly superb characters who reek so much of life, you'd swear you knew them personally. And the stories built around them, just as superb. Ebony Rising was the finding of a treasure. Very much like when I recently stumbled on Ivan Bunin's The Man from San Francisco. Masters create masterworks and we all are the beneficiaries.
I haven't read much in a while, but this book changed all that. I'm totally engrossed in the lives, feelings and pastorals as the pages come to life in my mind's eye. Oh! I see them all as if each character is standing around me draped in their era, their year, their misery, their joy. Do not for one minute be it New York or otherwise - miss out on the chance to be taken away. Far away. I see life differently now - I see my life in pages scripted by strangers. The elders were right - there's nuthin' new under the Sun.
I was looking for a resource for a new curriculum unit for 8th grade on the Harlem Renaissance, and I wanted super short fiction pieces. I had read many of these pieces years ago. I was so happy to find this.
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