Encyclopedia Harlem Renaiss 2v
Paul Finkelman, Cary Wintz
Taylor & Francis, Nov 16, 2004 - History - 1376 pages
The encyclopedia is a two-volume, illustrated reference work of approximately 2,000 pages with about 600 entries that is the first comprehensive compilation of information about all aspects of this dynamic period. Thus, it includes essays on the principal participants in the Harlem Renaissance (as well as on others who were involved more tangentially as critics, promoters and interpreters) and their works; on those who defined the political, intellectual and cultural milieu in which the Renaissance existed; on important events and places; and on the major social, political and intellectual developments that created the context of the Harlem Renaissance.
Entries of from 500 to 5,000 words fall into five main categories, which, for ease of review, have been subdivided into several areas (the encyclopedia itself is organized in an A-Z format). Each entry is followed by a brief list of selected further readings. In the case of person entries, a listing of the individual's publications (in the case of visual artists and musicians, listings of exhibits, artworks or compositions) and a capsule biographical sketch is also included.
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Encyclopedia of the Harlem RenaissanceUser Review - Book Verdict
This comprehensive encyclopedia contains over 625 entries on all aspects of the important African American arts movement known as the Harlem Renaissance. It provides in-depth essays on the life and works of major writers, artists, and musicians of the period as well as broader articles on the impact of contemporary political, social, economic, and legal issues on the movement. Written by 260 scholars, librarians, and freelance writers, the entries vary in length from 500 to 5000 words and include lists of further readings. Long general articles treat topics like Europe and the Harlem Renaissance; the topics of shorter pieces range from the Apollo Theater to the Abyssinian Baptist Church, from Negritude to the numbers racket. Although there is some overlap with Harlem Renaissance: A Gale Critical Companion , the arrangement here is very different. Unlike the three-volume Gale set, which reserves its overview essays for Volume 1, relegating its personal entries to Volumes 2 and 3, this set arranges all entries in one alphabet--an advantage when searching for tangential figures like Blanche Knopf or Nancy Cunard, who can only be found in the Gale set by consulting the index. On the other hand, the Gale set contains a wealth of primary-source material that is beyond the scope of this work. Bottom Line This thorough and well-organized reference work should appeal to a wide range of users from high school to graduate school students and is recommended for all libraries.--William Gargan, Brooklyn Coll. Lib., CUNY