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Written by Dr. Sondra Kathryn WilsonAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Dr. Sondra Kathryn Wilson

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
  • Publisher: Modern Library
  • On Sale: January 26, 1999
  • Price: $23.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-375-75231-5 (0-375-75231-5)
about this book

After its start in 1910, The Crisis: A Record of the Darker Races magazine became the major outlet for works by African American writers and intellectuals. In 1920, Langston Hughes's poem "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" was published in The Crisis and W. E. B. Du Bois, the magazine's editor, wrote about the coming "renaissance of American Negro literature," beginning what is now known as the Harlem Renaissance.

The Crisis Reader is a collection of poems, short stories, plays, and essays from this great literary period and includes, in addition to four previously unpublished poems by James Weldon Johnson, work by Countee Cullen, Langston Hughes, Jessie Fauset, Charles Chesnutt, W. E. B. Du Bois, and Alain Locke.

PRAISE FOR The Crisis Reader:

"The world does not know that a people is great until that people produces great literature and art."    
--James Weldon Johnson

"Until The Crisis Reader, no broad collection of writings from one of America's most influential journals of opinion existed. Sondra Kathryn Wilson has remedied this amazing lacuna with her excellent edition. It will be an indispensable source from the moment of issue."
--David Levering Lewis, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography W. E. B. Du Bois

"The Crisis Reader offers riches from the heyday of black America' s most significant journal. Here are all the now famous names and their now famous poems and articles, and others undeservedly unknown today. Any serious student of black literature and politics will want this volume, as will those many others who long for a look at yesterday, when black bards sang."    
--Julian Bond, chairman of the board, N.A.A.C.P.


Editing The Crisis W.E.B. Du Bois


Gwendolyn Bennet To Usward

Arna Bontemps

William Stanley Braithwaite Scintilla

Benjamin Griffith Brawley The Freedom of the Free

Sterling Brown After the Storm

James D. Corrothers The Road to the Bow

Joseph S. Cotter, Sr. Shakespeare's Sonnet

Countee Cullen
Bread and Wine
Sonnet to Her

Allison Davis Gospel for Those Who Must

Jessie Faust
Again It Is September
"Courage" He Said

Leslie Pinckney Hill
The Teacher
Vision of a Lyncher

Frank Horne
Letters Found Near a Suicide

Langston Hughes
The Negro Speaks of Rivers
The South
Being Old

Roscoe C. Jamison Negro Soldiers

Charles Bertram Johnson
Old Things
True Wealth

Fenton Johnson My Love

Georgia Douglas Johnson

James Weldon Johnson
Father, Father Abraham
The River
A Passing Melody

Claude McKay The International Spirit

Alice Dunbar Nelson
The Preletariat Speaks

Effie Lee Newsome
The Little Page

Anne Spencer
White Things

Jean Toomer
Song of the Son
Banking Coal


Fenton Johnson The Servant

Jessie Fauset Emmy

James D. Corrothers A Man They Didn't Know

Charles W. Chesnutt
The Doll
Mr. Taylor's Funeral
The Marked Tree

Arthur Huff Fauset A Tale of the North Carolina Woods

Rudolph Fisher High Yaller

Edwin Drummond Sheen The Death Game

Anita Scott Coleman Unfinished Masterpieces

Marita O. Bonner
Nothing New
Drab Rambles

Frank Horne The Man Who Wanted to be Red


Joseph Seamon Cotter, Jr. On the Fields of France

Willis Richardson The Broken Banjo

Marita O. Bonner Exit, an Illusion


Personal Essays

William Stanley Braithwaite Twilight: An Impression

E. Franklin Frazier All God's Chillun Got Eyes

Marita O. Bonner
On Being Young--a Woman--and Colored
The Young Blood Hungers

Loren R. Miller College

Countee Cullen Countee Cullen to His Friends

Augusta Savage An Autobiography

Literary and Cultural Essays

Jessie Fauset
New Literature on the Negro
The Symbolism of Bert Williams

James Weldon Johnson
Negro Authors and White Publishers

Alain Locke Steps Toward the Negro Theatre

Carl Diton The National Association of Negro Musicians

Claude McKay Soviet Russia and the Negro

W.E.B. Du Bois and Alain Locke The Younger Literary Movement

Maud Cuney Hare Antar, Negro Poet of Arabia

William Stanley Braithwaite The Negro in Literature

W.E.B. Du Bois Criteria of Negro Art

Allison Davis Our Negro "Intellectuals"

R. Nathaniel Dett A Musical Invasion of Europe

C. Ruth Wright Negro Authors' Week: An Experiment

Social Essays

Walter White The Work of a Mob

W.E.B. Du Bois
Documents of War
Marcus Garvey

Mordecai Wyatt Johnson The Faith of the American Negro

E. Franklin Frazier Cooperation and the Negro

William Pickens John Brown Day

Horace Mann Bond Temperament

James Weldon Johnson Three Achievements and Their Significance

Robert W. Bagnall The Present South

Susie Wiseman Yergan Africa--Our Challenge