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The new Negro : the life of Alain Locke / Jeffrey C. Stewart.

Stewart, Jeffrey C., 1950- author. (Author).
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Record details

  • ISBN: 9780195089578
  • ISBN: 019508957X
  • ISBN: 0199723311
  • ISBN: 9780199723317
  • ISBN: 0190652853
  • ISBN: 9780190652852
  • Physical Description: xii, 932 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2018]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 879-914) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Part I. The Education of Alain Locke. A Death and a Birth -- A Black Victorian Childhood -- Child God and Black Aesthete -- An Errand of Culture at Harvard College, 1904-1905 -- Locke's Intellectual Awakening, 1905-1907 -- Going for the Rhodes -- Oxford Contrasts -- Black Cosmopolitan -- Paying Second-Year Dues at Oxford, 1908-1909 -- Italy and America, 1909-1910 -- Berlin Stories -- Exile's Returns -- Race Cosmopolitan Comes Home, 1911-1912 -- Radical Sociologist at Howard University, 1912-1916 -- Rapprochement and Silence : Harvard, 1916-1917 -- Fitting in Washington, D.C., 1917-1922 -- Part II. Enter the New Negro. Rebirth -- Mother of a Movement, Mothered in Return, 1922-1923 -- Europe Before Egypt -- Egypt Bound -- Renaissance Self-Fashioning in 1924 -- The Dinner and the Dean -- Battling the Barnes -- Looking for Love and Finding the New Negro -- Harlem Issues -- The New Negro and Howard -- The New Negro and The Blacks -- Beauty or Propaganda? -- Black Curator and White Momma -- Langston's Indian Summer -- The American Scholar -- On Maternalism -- Part III. Metamorphosis. The Naked and the Nude -- The Saving Grace of Realism -- Bronze Booklets, Gold Art -- Warn A Brother -- The Riot and the Ride -- Transformation -- Two Trains Running -- The Queer Toussaint -- The Invisible Locke -- FBI, Haiti, and Diasporic Democracy -- Wisdom de Profundis -- The New Negro Lives -- Epilogue.
Summary, etc.: "A tiny, fastidiously dressed man emerged from Black Philadelphia around the turn of the century to mentor a generation of young artists including Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, and Jacob Lawrence and call them the New Negro--the creative African Americans whose art, literature, music, and drama would inspire Black people to greatness. In The New Negro : The Life of Alain Locke, Jeffrey C. Stewart offers the definitive biography of the father of the Harlem Renaissance, based on the extant primary sources of his life and on interviews with those who knew him personally. He narrates the education of Locke, including his becoming the first African American Rhodes Scholar and earning a PhD in philosophy at Harvard University, and his long career as a professor at Howard University. Locke also received a cosmopolitan, aesthetic education through his travels in continental Europe, where he came to appreciate the beauty of art and experienced a freedom unknown to him in the United States. And yet he became most closely associated with the flowering of Black culture in Jazz Age America and his promotion of the literary and artistic work of African Americans as the quintessential creations of American modernism. In the process he looked to Africa to find the proud and beautiful roots of the race. Shifting the discussion of race from politics and economics to the arts, he helped establish the idea that Black urban communities could be crucibles of creativity. Stewart explores both Locke's professional and private life, including his relationships with his mother, his friends, and his white patrons, as well as his lifelong search for love as a gay man. Stewart's thought-provoking biography recreates the worlds of this illustrious, enigmatic man who, in promoting the cultural heritage of Black people, became--in the process--a New Negro himself"-- Provided by publisher.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2018 February #1
    *Starred Review* Stewart, professor of black studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, presents a definitive biography of an intellectual who philosophically helped shape the Harlem Renaissance, Alain Locke (1885–1954). Stewart writes about the direct and indirect influences Locke had on the lives of many writers and artists of that dynamic, world-changing era, including Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Richmond Barthé, and others. Stewart traces Locke's life, from his birth into a black bourgeoisie family struggling to hold onto its class standing and reputation to his formative years under the overprotective and dominating rigor of his mother to his years at Harvard, where he received his doctorate in philosophy. The first African American to be named a Rhodes Scholar, in 1907, Locke went on to study in Oxford, where Stewart describes Locke's first taste of academic failure. Stewart documents, with extensive use of primary sources, the highs and lows in Locke's life, his extensive world travels, his long professional teaching career at Howard University, and his personal life as a closeted homosexual. Those who love biographies or reading about important yet undercelebrated Americans will enjoy Stewart's comprehensive, richly contextualized portrait of a key writer, educator, philosopher, and supporter of the arts. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes


Jeffrey C. Stewart is a professor of Black Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of Paul Robeson: Artist and Citizen and 1001 Things Everyone Should Know About African American History.

Subject: Locke, Alain, 1885-1954.
Locke, Alain, 1885-1954 > Political and social views.
Locke, Alain, 1885-1954.
African American philosophers > Biography.
African American intellectuals > Biography.
African American college teachers > Biography.
African American gay men > Biography.
Harlem Renaissance.
African American arts > History.
African Americans > Intellectual life.
HISTORY > United States > 20th Century.
HISTORY > Social History.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY > Composers & Musicians.
African American gay men.
African American arts.
African American college teachers.
African American intellectuals.
African American philosophers.
African Americans > Intellectual life.
Harlem Renaissance.
Political and social views.
HISTORY > United States > 20th Century.
HISTORY > Social History.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY > Composers & Musicians.
HISTORY / United States / 20th Century.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Music.
Genre: Biography.
Biographies.
History.
Biographies.

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