List of Harlem Renaissance Writers and their Books
Langston Hughes: Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967) was the most famous of all the Harlem Renaissance writers and authors. His emotional and expressive writing style reflected the culture and experiences of African Americans. The most famous author wrote over 60 books including Not Without Laughter, The Big Sea and The Ways of White Folks
Alain LeRoy Locke: Alain LeRoy Locke (1885 - 1954) was the first African American Rhodes Scholar in 1907 and was the acknowledged "Dean" of the Harlem Renaissance. The most famous book by this African American writer and author was The New Negro.
Zora Neale Hurston: Zora Neale Hurston (1891 - 1960) was a great female African American writer who had a deep interest in the folklore, history and culture of her people. The most famous books by this writer included Their Eyes Were Watching God, Sweat and Dust Tracks on a road.
Claude McKay: Claude McKay (1890 - 1948) wrote books and poems that reflected the oppression and plight of his people. The most famous book by this writer included Home to Harlem.
James Baldwin: James Baldwin (1924 - 1987) was famous as an author, essayist, playwright and poet. The most famous books by this African American writer and author included Go Tell It on the Mountain, The Fire Next Time and Giovanni's Room
Countee Cullen: Countee Cullen (1903 - 1946) was notable writer, poet and author whose work incorporated the experiences and culture of black people. The most famous books by this African American writer and author included Color, Copper Sun and The Ballad of the Brown Girl: An Old Ballad.
Nella Larsen: Nella Larsen (1887 - 1940) only wrote two novels but her work was of such good quality that she is considered one of the great female writers of the period. Her famous books were called Quicksand and Passing.
Jessie Redmon Fauset: Jessie Redmon Fauset (1882 - 1961) was a notable writer and the literary editor of the NAACP. The most famous book by this great female African American writer and author was The Chinaberry Tree
Jean Toomer: Jean Toomer (1894 - 1967) was a great author and novelist and an important figure in modernism and the Harlem Renaissance. The most famous book by this writer was Cane.
George Schuyler: George Schuyler (1887 - 1940) was a conservative social commentator and author during the Harlem Renaissance movement. His most famous book was Black No More.
Arna Bontemps: Arnaud "Arna" Wendell Bontemps (1902 - 1973) was a notable author and poet of the era. The most famous books by this African American writer and author included God Sends Sunday, Slave and Popo and Fifina, Children of Haiti.
Rudolph Fisher: Rudolph Fisher (1897 - 1934) was African American novelist and short-story writer whose works of fiction realistically depicted black urban life in Harlem. The most famous books by this writer included The Walls of Jericho and The Conjure-Man Dies
Gwendolyn B. Bennett: Gwendolyn B. Bennett (1902 – 1981) was an African-American artist, poet and writer who contributed to the magazine, Opportunity. The most famous books by this female African American writer and author included "Wedding Day" and her non-fiction work "The Future of the Negro in Art".
A. Philip Randolph: A. Philip Randolph (1889 - 1979) fought valiantly for justice and equality for African Americans and was a pioneer of the Civil Rights movement. The most famous book by this African American writer and author was Let Nobody Turn Us Around.
Wallace Thurman: Wallace Thurman (1902 - 1934) was an active member of the Harlem literary movement. The most famous books by this African American writer and author included The Blacker the Berry: A Novel of Negro Life and the Infants of the Spring.
Dorothy West: Dorothy West (1907 - 1998) started her career writing short stories that were published in prominent magazines and periodicals. The most famous books by this notable female African American writer and author included The Living Is Easy and The Wedding.
Chandler Owen: Chandler Owen (1889 - 1967) was an active socialist whose strong views were reflected in many of his works. The most famous book by this African American writer and author was What will happen to the Negro if Hitler wins!
Walter White: Walter White (1893 - 1955) was a notable Civil Rights activist and author. The most famous book by this writer was The Fire in the Flint.
James Weldon Johnson: James Weldon Johnson (1871 - 1938) was a prolific writer, poet and author. His most famous book included The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man. He also edited and published three anthologies: The Book of Negro American Poetry, The Book of Negro American Spirituals, and The Second Book of Negro American Spirituals.
W.E.B. Du Bois: W.E.B. Du Bois (1868 - 1963) is primarily remembered as a Civil Rights leader and activist but her was also an author. W.E.B. Du Bois was the first African American to receive a PhD from Harvard University. The most famous book by this writer was The Souls of Black Folk
Georgia Douglas Johnson: Georgia Douglas Johnson (1880 - 1966) was a famous female author and poet. The most famous book by this female African American writer and author was An autumn love cycle.
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