1st Edition

Black Writers Interpret the Harlem Renaissance

Edited By Cary D. Wintz Copyright 1996

    First Published in 1996. One of the most interesting features of the Harlem Renaissance was the degree to which black writers and poets were involved in promoting and analyzing their own literary movement. One of its formative events was the 1926 attempt by Wallace Thurman, Langston Hughes and other young writers to publish a literary magazine, FIRE!! This was the first of several efforts by black writers to establish literary journals. While these efforts failed, the magazine Opportunity employed a series of black poets as columnists to analyze and review black literary efforts. This volume collects the writings of this important literary journal as well as including many autobiographical and historical sketches.

    Series Introduction, Volume Introduction, 1 FIRE!! (November 1926), Harlem: A Forum of Negro Life (November 1928) Literary Columnists, Autobiographical and Historical Sketches, Satire.


    Cary D. Wintz is Professor of History at Texas Southern University in Houston. He received his undergraduate education at Rice University and his Ph.D. from Kansas State University. He is the author of many books, articles, and book reviews, mostly in the field of African American history or immigrant/ethnic history, and he has lectured internationally on these topics as a USIA lecturer in both the Philippines and India.