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Jessie Redmon Fauset (1882–1961)

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Værker af Jessie Redmon Fauset

Plum Bun (1928) 288 eksemplarer
There Is Confusion (1989) 117 eksemplarer
The Chinaberry Tree (1931) 65 eksemplarer
Comedy: American Style (1933) 32 eksemplarer

Associated Works

The New Negro: Voices of the Harlem Renaissance (1925) — Bidragyder — 430 eksemplarer
The Portable Harlem Renaissance Reader (1994) — Bidragyder — 403 eksemplarer
World War I and America: Told by the Americans Who Lived It (1918) — Bidragyder — 189 eksemplarer
African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song (2020) — Bidragyder — 169 eksemplarer
Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry (2009) — Bidragyder — 111 eksemplarer
Harlem Renaissance: Five Novels of the 1920s (2011) — Bidragyder — 110 eksemplarer
Voices from the Harlem Renaissance (1976) — Bidragyder — 105 eksemplarer
Honey, Hush! An Anthology of African American Women's Humor (1657) — Bidragyder — 74 eksemplarer

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Kanonisk navn
Fauset, Jessie Redmon
Juridisk navn
Harris, Jessie Redmon Fauset (married name)
Fauset, Jessie
Snow Hill, New Jersey, USA
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
University of Philadelphia (MA)
Cornell University (BA)
literary critic
Du Bois, W. E. B. (editor)
Hughes, Langston
McKay, Claude
Cullen, Countee
Toomer, Jean
Priser og hædersbevisninger
Phi Beta Kappa (1905)
Kort biografi
Jessie Redmon Fauset was born in Camden County, New Jersey. Her mother died when she was young, and her father, an African Methodist minister, remarried and moved the family to Philadelphia. She attended the Philadelphia High School for Girls and won a scholarship to Cornell University, where she studied Latin, Greek, German, and French, among other subjects, and became one of the first black women elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She graduated with a B.A. in classical languages in 1905, and worked as a teacher in Baltimore and Washington, D. C. There she met W.E.B. Du Bois, and began contributing to the magazine he had helped found, The Crisis. In 1919, she moved to New York City to become the magazine's literary editor. She hosted a salon at her apartment in Harlem was active in the neighborhood’s artistic scene. In 1929, she married Hubert Harris, an insurance broker, but kept her birth name professionally. She published her debut novel, There Is Confusion, in 1924, and would go on to publish three more novels, as well as poetry, book reviews, and essays. However, she is best known today for discovering and mentoring many other African American writers of the period, including Langston Hughes, Jean Toomer, Countee Cullen, and Claude McKay, for which she has been nicknamed the "Midwife of the Harlem Renaissance."



I had been looking for this story, one of independence and the hard questions and eventual happiness, for a while. Well-written, and easily digestible.
et.carole | 4 andre anmeldelser | Jan 21, 2022 |
Jessie Redmon Fauset's first novel, There is Confusion, focuses on the experience of three Black children growing up in early twentieth-century New York: Joanna, the ambitious performer; Peter, the would-be surgeon with seemingly no real drive; and Maggie, the impoverished one who yearns for security and respectability. This is a far stronger book in its first half, when the main characters are still young and Redmon Fauset is writing a nicely observed novel of manners. About the midway point through, it shifts into a rather melodramatic mode and the characters become less people and more moralizing mouthpieces. Still, interesting for the glimpse it affords into the world of middle-class African Americans at the turn of the last century.… (mere)
siriaeve | Aug 3, 2021 |
Plum Bun: A Novel without a Moral by Jessie Redmon Fauset was written during the Harlem Renaissance. Although Angela Murray, a very light-skinned black woman who tries to pass for white, is featured in this novel, several other people trying to pass for white are also included. The story, which mainly takes place in Philadelphia and New York City, shows the trials of families with members of various shades of color and how the actions of individual family members can impact their friends, families, and fellow workers. The prejudices and injustices against blacks are vividly portrayed.

I read this novel for the story. The printing of this particular edition, which is in the Oshun Publishing African-American Studies Series, is terrible. Numerous times commas instead of periods are used; some compound words, including people's names, are spelled as two words; often when quotation marks are used for conversation, there are spaces between the quotation marks and text; and occasionally only a few words of the text are on a line with the continuation of it on the next line.

3.5 stars for story; 1 star for printing
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sallylou61 | 4 andre anmeldelser | Feb 24, 2021 |
Written at the height of the Harlem Renaissance, this is one of those novels that isn't nearly as widely read as it should be. Fauset's novel is so readable as to often seem casual, but the heart of the story is a detailing of psychology related to racism, sexism, and the question/process of "passing". By focusing on a young African American girl who wants nothing more than to be a free woman and artist, Fauset tracks her young protragonist through Philadelphia and then New York with a constant eye toward the politics of her life. Because the focus of the novel is on the personal psychology of characters, as opposed to larger politics affecting society, the book and protagonist might come across as deceptively simple, or even selfish. Instead, the novel works to provide a picture of simple, and even realistic, survival.

In the end, Fauset's subtitle, "a novel without a moral", is both important and careful. As prolific and involved as Fauset was during the Harlem Renaissance, there's no question that this work is never without thought, but it is also incredibly engaging and readable, maybe so much so that its very readability has allowed it to be overlooked when we look back at the serious literature of its time. Plum Bun: A Novel WIthout a Moral is, though, a pointed critique of anyone who would attempt to call "passing" a simple matter of morality, pride, or confidence--it is a serious work of fiction, worth reading and considering, that sheds real light onto race and gender politics of the early twentieth century.

Simply, this may be a book you haven't heard of...but it shouldn't be.

Absolutely recommended.
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whitewavedarling | 4 andre anmeldelser | Feb 24, 2014 |



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