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Bennett, Gwendolyn (Gwendolyn Bennetta Bennett, Gwendolyn Bernette Bennett, Gwendolyn Bennett ­Jackson, Gwendolyn Bennett Crosscup) (1902–1981) poet, journalist Though considered by many to be a minor literary figure of the Harlem Renaissance, Gwendolyn Bennett earned the respect of her contemporaries, including Langston Hughes and Countee Cullen, as well as that of the earlier generation of African-American writers, among them James Weldon Johnson. Her lively and lyrical poems celebrated African-American life on both physical and emotional levels.

In 1931, Bontemps published the novel God Sends Sunday to mixed critical reviews. The novel depicts the exploits of Little Augie, a character based on his great-uncle, who rises to fame as a jockey and later falls into a life of poverty and physical hardship. In 1932 Bontemps won an award from the National Urban League’s Opportunity magazine for his short story “A Summer Tragedy,” a moving tale of an elderly couple worn out by their lives as sharecroppers. That same year, Bontemps collaborated with Langston Hughes on the successful children’s novel Popo and Fifina: Children of Haiti (1932).

The overwhelming success of his first play, Dutchman (1964), both confirmed his exalted place among avant-garde intellectuals and signaled his shift toward Black Nationalism. Winner of the 1964 Obie Award for best off-Broadway play, Dutchman depicts an ideologically and physically Baraka, Amiri 19 violent meeting between a young middle-class black man named Clay and Lula, a young white intellectual, on a subway. In addition to Dutchman, Jones wrote and produced three additional plays in 1964. The Baptism, which explores conventional American attitudes toward salvation, debuted at the Writer’s Stage Theatre, and The Slave and The Toilet premiered at St.

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