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Hurston, Zora Neale.
The Complete Stories.
A Near Fine tight copy with a slight bump to one corner n a Near Fine unclipped dust jacket with a small nick to one corner. This volume collects Hurston's 26 works of short fiction from 1921 to 1955, nineteen of which only appeared in small literary magazines and seven never before published. This landmark gathering of Zora Neale Hurston's short fiction reveals the evolution of one of the most important African American writers. Spanning her career from 1921 to 1955, these stories attest to Hurston's tremendous range and establish themes that recur in her longer fiction. With rich language and imagery, the stories in this collection not only map Hurston's development and concerns as a writer but also provide an invaluable reflection of the mind and imagination of the author of the acclaimed novel Their Eyes Were Watching God.

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[African American Literature] Ellison, Ralph.
Going to the Territory: Essays.
A Fine tight copy in a Near Fine unclipped dust jacket with just a hint of sunning that does not diminish the title. Review copy with publisher's promotional material laid-in. This collection features essays, lectures reminiscences and interviews published over two decades and show Ellison's range of thought and interest on morality, intellectual and emotional currents, elitist and popular values, the King's English, the Southern mystique, the works or Romare Bearden, Duke Ellington, and Richard Wright. Ellison writes with an uncommon clarity, and is a formidable talent in American literature.

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[Essays] Ellison, Ralph.
Shadow & Act: Essays.
A Near Fine copy in a Fine extremely bright unclipped dust jacket. This copy is from the library of noted film director George Cukor with his bookplate on the front pastedown. Not only is Ellison a great writer of fiction but he truly excels as an essayist as he displays in this fine collection of some of his best work in a non-fiction role. He is one of the most cogent and articulate writers in the arena of ideas and assessments of culture and the arts.

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[Harlem Renaissance] Bascom, Lionel C.
A Renaissance in Harlem: Lost Voices of an American Community.
A Fine tight copy in a Fine unclipped dust jacket. This books compiles oral histories, recollections and stories about the Harlem Renaissance, all told in interviews and first person narratives. A dynamic anthology of Harlem in the 1920s brings together unpublished material by Ralph Ellison and Dorothy West as well as the stirring voices of ordinary people, including peddlers, prostitutes, Pullman porters, and domestic workers.

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[Harlem Renasissance] Hutchinson, George.
The Harlem Renasissance in Black and White.
A Fine unread copy in a Fine dust jacket. Hutchinson tracks the transformation of literary institutions and organizations in the 1920s, offering a detailed account of the journals and presses, black and white, that published the work of the "New Negroes." This cultural excavation questions the assumptions about the motives of white interest in the renaissance, and about black relationships to white intellectuals of the period. It also provides an investigation of the tensions among black intellectuals of the 1920s. Hutchinson's analysis shows that the general expansion of literature and the vogue of writing cannot be divorced from the explosion of black literature often attributed to the vogue of the New Negro.

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[Literary Letters] Ellison, Ralph and Albert Murray.
Trading Twelve: The Selected Letters of Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray.
A Fine tight unread copy in a Fine bright dust jacket. This absorbing collection of letters spans a decade in the lifelong friendship of two remarkable writers who engaged the subjects of literature, race, and identity with deep clarity and passion. The correspondence begins in 1950 when Ellison is living in New York City, hard at work on his enduring masterpiece, Invisible Man, and Murray is a professor at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. Mirroring a jam session in which two jazz musicians "trade twelves"—each improvising twelve bars of music around the same musical idea-their lively dialog centers upon their respective writing, the jazz they both love so well, on travel, family, the work literary contemporaries (including Richard Wright, James Baldwin, William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway) and the challenge of racial inclusiveness that they wish to pose to America through their craft. Infused with warmth, humor, and great erudition, Trading Twelves offers a glimpse into literary history in the making—and into a powerful and enduring friendship.

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[Modernist Literature] North, Michael.
The Dialect of Modernism. Race, Language & Twentieth Century Literature.
A Fine copy in a Fine dust jacket. The Dialect of Modernism uncovers the crucial role of racial masquerade and linguistic imitation in the emergence of literary modernism. Rebelling against the standard language, and literature written in it, modernists, such as Joseph Conrad, Gertrude Stein, T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, and William Carlos Williams reimagined themselves as racial aliens and mimicked the strategies of dialect speakers in their work. In doing so, they made possible the most radical representational strategies of modern literature, which emerged from their attack on the privilege of standard language.At the same time, however, another movement, identified with Harlem, was struggling to free itself from the very dialect the modernists appropriated, at least as it had been rendered by two generations of white dialect writers. For writers such as Claude McKay, Jean Toomer, and Zora Neale Hurston, this dialect became a barrier as rigid as the standard language itself. Thus, the two modern movements, which arrived simultaneously in 1922, were linked and divided by their different stakes in the same language.

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[Mystery] Mosley, Walter.
Devil in a Blue Dress, White Butterfly, and A Red Death. The First Three Volumes in the Easy Rawlins Series.
All three volumes are Fine tight copies in Fine unclipped dust jackets. Each volume is Signed by Mosley. Walter Mosley broke new ground as a mystery writer by incorporating issues of race into novels that stand on their own as gripping detective fiction. Critics have praised Mosley's writing for its realistic portrayal of street life in African-American neighborhoods of post-World War II Los Angeles. Mosley's success has been due to the powerful recurring character of Ezekiel ("Easy") Rawlins, one of the most innovative private investigators to appear in fiction. Unlike many detectives who populate the pages of hard-boiled prose, Rawlins is a multidimensional character who stumbled into his sleuthing career as a means to pay mounting debts. Mosley has used Rawlins to expose the problems of getting by in a world where only a thin line lies between crime and business as usual.

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