Ebony Rising

Ebony Rising

Short Fiction of the Greater Harlem Renaissance Era
Craig Gable
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 02/18/2004
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-21675-5
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2005 AAUP Public and Secondary School Library Selection

Ebony Rising is the first comprehensive, gender-balanced collection of short fiction from the greater Harlem Renaissance era (1912–1940). This was a time marked by writing of extraordinary breadth and depth by some of the most famous authors in African American literary history. Among them were Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Jean Toomer, Dorothy West, and Claude McKay. Not surprisingly, these authors have received an unprecedented amount of critical attention, and their work remains popular to this day.

For this anthology, Craig Gable has selected 52 short stories by 37 writers (20 women and 17 men) representing a wide range of style, form, subject matter, and social awareness. To underscore the movement’s growth and change, the stories are arranged chronologically by year of publication. Some will be familiar to readers; many more will not, for this is not the "greatest hits" of the Harlem Renaissance. Instead, readers will find a remarkable collection of fiction by authors famous and obscure—some who lived in New York City and others who never resided there. There are stories set in Harlem, but they are just as likely to take place elsewhere in the United States. Alongside traditional stories, there are examples of detective fiction, political satire, even science fiction, with a few experiments in narrative structure and form for good measure. The stories take up issues of race, marriage, parenthood, crime, politics, religion, work, abuse, old age, and death—in short, the stuff of life, and of compelling and lasting fiction.

A selected bibliography documents some 300 books and articles on the Harlem Renaissance. There is a separate list of sources for other short stories by the authors appearing in this anthology; a list of award-winning short fiction from two black literary contests of the day; timelines of important historical, literary, and cultural events; and other aids for teachers, students, and reading groups.

Author Bio

Craig Gable is an independent scholar and professional librarian. He is a Harlem Renaissance bibliographer and editor of the Rudolph Fisher Newsletter (www.fishernews.org), an online newsletter and general research resource website devoted to Rudolph Fisher and the Harlem Renaissance at large. He lives in Buffalo, New York.

Darryl Dickson-Carr is Associate Professor of English at Florida State University, Tallahassee, and author of African American Satire: The Sacredly Profane Novel and The Columbia Guide to African American Fiction, 1970-2000 (forthcoming). He lives in Tallahassee.


“"This wonderful collection of 52 short stories and tales from the Harlem Renaissance period (1912-40) offers a variety of literary pieces from 37 black Americans, writers both widely read and unknown, male and female. . . . Those seeking a more thorough understanding of this important literary period will particularly appreciate [this book]. Highly recommended." — Choice The first comprehensive collection of short fiction from the greater Harlem Renaissance era (1912-1940). a time marked by writing of extraordinary breadth and depth by some of the most famous writers in African American literary history. The editor has chosen 52 short story gems by the men and women of this important movement in American literature.”

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Table of Contents

Preface by Craig Gable
Introduction by Darryl Dickson-Carr
Short Stories
<1912-19 timeline>
Hope Deferred (1914) Alice Dunbar-Nelson
The Closing Door (1919) Angelina Weld Grimké
Mary Elizabeth (1919) Jessie Redmon Fauset
<1920 timeline>
The Comet (1920) W. E. B. Du Bois
<1921 timeline>
The Foolish and the Wise: Sallie Runner Is Introduced to Socrates (1921) Leila Amos Pendleton
<1922 timeline>
The Foolish and the Wise: Sanctum 777 N. S. D. C. O. U. Meets Cleopatra (1922) Leila Amos Pendleton
Becky (1922) Jean Toomer
<1923 timeline>
Esther (1923) Jean Toomer
<1924 timeline>
Vignettes of the Dusk (1924) Eric Walrond
Blue Aloes (1924) Ottie B. Graham
Slackened Caprice (1924) Ottie B. Graham
<1925 timeline>
The City of Refuge (1925) Rudolph Fisher
The Golden Penknife (1925) S. Miller Johnson
Mademoiselle 'Tasie (1925) Eloise Bibb Thompson
<1926 timeline>
Grist in the Mill (1926) Wallace Thurman
Hannah Byde (1926) Dorothy West
Muttsy (1926) Zora Neale Hurston
The Eatonville Anthology (1926) Zora Neale Hurston
Cordelia the Crude (1926) Wallace Thurman
Smoke, Lilies and Jade (1926) Richard Bruce Nugent
Wedding Day (1926) Gwendolyn B. Bennett
<1927 timeline>
City Love (1927) Eric Walrond
Lynching for Profit (1927) George S. Schuyler
Highball (1927) Claude McKay
Game (1927) Eugene Gordon
Masks (1927) Eloise Bibb Thompson
<1928 timeline>
Bathesda of Sinners Run (1928) Maude Irwin Owens
He Must Think It Out (1928) Florida Ruffin Ridley
Anthropoi (1928) John F. Matheus
<1929 timeline>
Prologue to a Life (1929) Dorothy West
<1930 timeline>
Sanctuary (1930) Nella Larsen
Door-Stops (1930) May Miller
Cross Crossings Cautiously (1930) Anita Scott Coleman
<1931 timeline>
Why Adam Ate the Apple (1931) Mercedes Gilbert
The Needle's Point (1931) J. Saunders Re