American Modernism: (1910-1945) (Background to American by Roger Lathbury

By Roger Lathbury

A accomplished reference consultant to the modernist circulate in American literature, this quantity presents a wealth of knowledge on American modernism, the misplaced iteration, modernism within the American novel, the Harlem Renaissance, modernism in poetry and drama, and the literary tradition of the Moderns. Writers lined contain: Countee Cullen, E. E. Cummings, John Dos Passos, T. S. Eliot, William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sigmund Freud, Robert Frost, Ernest Hemingway, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Sinclair Lewis, Eugene O'Neill, Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein, and extra.

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Certainly more than F. Scott Fitzgerald. Unlike those others, his wide traveling and his refusal to take a regular job for any length of time, gave him authority. His sympathy for the common person, those out of power, and the downtrodden comes from his having been these things, as well as having been intermittently an acquaintance of the wealthy and the powerful. , like that of Manhattan Transfer, is devoted to “a young man . . at the edge of the concrete, with . . ” He is a hobo hitching a ride, having come from New York and heading west, repeating, as one who has been rejected by America, the westward journey of America.

With its concentration on a variety of voices and forms and its disconnections, both those within the stories and the collagelike assemblage of the book, Cane is the Harlem Renaissance’s most distinctly modernist production. Cane had an impact that could have been greater only if Toomer had continued to write. However, he had done what he wanted to do. His long silence was one in which his achievement reverberated but then faded as the century wore on. It returned when the book was rediscovered in the 1970s.

Perhaps that lady was slumming and never did “get it”; nonetheless, the Harlem jazz clubs reinvigorated the musical culture of America. 43 Am e r i ca n Mod ern i s m (1910– 1945) “The Negro Minds Reaches Out” in Alain Locke’s influential collection, The New Negro: An Intepretation. The idea of the New Negro was much in the air. This term, coined by Alain Locke, signified someone who was committed to erasing the stereotypes and destroying the obstacles that were placed in the way of black achievement.

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