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From its humble beginnings as a farming district and country retreat for the rich, Harlem rapidly developed and grew to achieve international prominence as the mecca of black art and culture. Then, due to various socio-economic changes and cultural changes, it became a city symbolizing urban decay.
However,during all of its phases there was writing in Harlem—great writing. From Harlem’s most revered icons (such as Langston Hughes, Duke Ellington, Ann Petry, and Malcolm X) to voices of a new generation (including Willie Perdomo, Mase, Grace Edwards, and Piri Thomas), The Harlem Reader gathers a wealth of these vital impressions, stories, and narratives and blends them with original accounts offered by living storytellers, famous and not so famous.
Unique and comprehensive, this volume captures the dramatic moments and personalities at the core of Harlem’s ever-evolving story. Of interest to students of the Harlem Renaissance, Literature, and African-American Studies.