This Very Short Introduction offers an overview of the Harlem Renaissance, a cultural awakening among African Americans between the two world wars. Cheryl A. Wall brings readers to the Harlem of 1920s to identify the cultural themes and issues that engaged writers, musicians, and visual artists alike.
Cheryl A. Wall is a literary critic and professor of English at Rutgers University. She specializes in black women's writing, particularly the Harlem Renaissance and Zora Neale Hurston. She is the author of Worrying the Line: Black Women Writers, Lineage and Literary Tradition and Women of the Harlem Renaissance, and the editor of several volumes of Hurston's writings for the Library of America. She is also a section editor for The Norton Anthology of African American Literature and is on the editorial board of American Literature, The African American Review and Signs.