The New Negro: An Interpretation, Alain Locke
The New Negro: An Interpretation
Alain Locke
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The New Negro: An Interpretation (1925) is an anthology of fiction, poetry, and essays on African and African-American art and literature edited by Alain Locke, who lived in Washington, DC, and taught at Howard University during the Harlem Renaissance. As a collection of the creative efforts coming out of the burgeoning New Negro Movement or Harlem Renaissance, the book is considered by literary scholars and critics to be the definitive text of the movement.

The New Negro: An Interpretation

Edited by
Alain Locke

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Thanks are due and acknowledgment made by the Editor and Publishers for the kind permission of the authors and publishers listed for the use of copyright material in the preparation of this volume. Especial acknowledgment is made to the Survey Associates and the Editors of the Survey Graphic for the assignment of the material of the Harlem Number, March, 1925, of Survey Graphic, the bulk of which, with much additional new material, has been incorporated.

The Atlantic Monthly Co.: The City of Refuge, by Rudolph Fisher.

Boni and Liveright: Carma and Fern and two poems from Cane, by Jean Toomer.

Harcourt, Brace & Co.: Baptism and the Harlem Dancer from “Harlem Shadows”, by Claude McKay, and Creation from “The Book of American Negro Verse”, by James W. Johnson.

G. Schirmer Co.: for the text and music of Father Abraham from “Afro-American Folk Songs”, by H. E. Krehbiel, and Listen to the Lambs from “Negro Folk Songs”, by Nathalie Curtis Burlin.

The New Age: the Palm Porch, by Eric Walrond.

The Survey and Harper Bros.: Seven Poems of Harlem Life and Heritage from “Color”, by Countée Cullen.

Vanity Fair: for Drawings, by Miguel Covarrubias.

The Barnes Foundation: for reproductions of African Art objects.

Foreign Affairs: for Color Worlds, by W. E. B. Du Bois.

The Crisis: for The Negro in American Literature, by Wm. Stanley Braithwaite; Jazzonia, by Langston Hughes, Escape by Georgia D. Johnson.

The Brimmer Co.: for two Poems from “Bronze”, by Georgia Douglas Johnson.

The Liberator: for Negro Dancers, by Claude McKay.

The Bookman: To a Brown Boy, by Countée Cullen.

Harper’s Magazine: Fruit of the Flower, by Countée Cullen.

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