African American Poetry (1870-1928): A Digital Anthology

Further Reading / Works Cited

This project is the fruit of extensive research and reading over several years. Two earlier projects, Claude McKay's Early Poetry and Women of the Early Harlem Renaissance, both required their own research, and the Works Cited for those respective projects are also applicable here: Claude McKay Works Cited; Women of the Early Harlem Renaissance Works Cited 

For people new to the topic, two very good starting points might be Langston Hughes' autobiography, The Big Sea, and Maureen Honey's anthology, Shadowed Dreams: Women's Poetry of the Harlem Renaissance


Langston Hughes, The Big Sea: An Autobiography. New York: Hill and Wang, 1993 (1940). 

McKay, Claude. A Long Way From Home. Edited and with and Introduction by Gene Andrew Jarrett. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2007.


Boyd, Valerie. Wrapped in Rainbrows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston. New York: Scribner, 2003.

Cooper, Wayne F. Claude McKay, Rebel Sojourner in the Harlem Renaissance. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1996. 

Lewis, David Levering. W.E.B. Du Bois: Biography of a Race, 1868-1919. New York: Holt Paperbacks,1993. 

Molesworth, Charles. And Bid Him Sing: A Biography of Countee Cullen. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012. 

Rampersad, Arnold, I, Too, Sing America: The Life of Langston Hughes, Volume: 1920-1941. New York: Oxford University Press, 1986.

Stewart, Jeffrey C. The New Negro: the Life of Alain Locke. New York: Oxford University Press, 2018.  

Collections and Anthologies

Honey, Maureen, Ed. Shadowed Dreams: Women’s Poetry of the Harlem Renaissance. Second Edition, Revised and Expanded. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2006.

Maxwell, William J., Ed. Complete Poems of Claude McKay. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2008.

Lewis, David Levering, Ed. The Portal Harlem Renaissance Reader. New York: Penguin, 1995.

Patton, Venetria and Maureen Honey, Eds. Double-Take: A Revisionist Harlem Renaissance Anthology. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2001.

Rampersad, Arnold and David Roessel, Eds. The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes. New York: Vintage Books, 1994.

Literary Criticism and Literary History

Holcomb, Claude McKay: Code Name Sasha. Queer Black Marxism and the Harlem Renaissance. Gainesville: University of Florida Press, 2007. 

Huggins, Nathan. Harlem Renaissance (Updated Edition). Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.

Hull, Gloria. Color, Sex & Poetry: Three Women Writers of the Harlem Renaissance.. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1987.

James, Winston. A Fierce Hatred of Injustice: Claude McKay's Jamaica and His Poetry of Rebellion. London: Verso, 2000. 

McKible, Adam and Suzanne W. Churchill. "Introduction: In Conversation: The Harlem Renaissance and the New Modernist Studies." Modernism/Modernity 20:3, September 2013, pp. 427-431. 

Hutchinson, George. “Introduction.” The Cambridge Companion to the Harlem Renaissance. Edited by George Hutchinson. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.

Ramey, Lauri. A History of African American Poetry. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2019. 

Wall, Cheryl. Women of the Harlem Renaissance. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1995.