Arna Wendell Bontemps had enough careers and accomplishments for several people. He was born in Louisiana, but was educated to the baccalaureate level in California and completed a graduate degree in Chicago. He served as teacher, administrator, librarian, and visiting professor in private schools, a government agency, colleges and universities respectively and published nearly three dozen books—including novels for adult and young readers; popular histories and biographies; short story, essay and poetry collections; and anthologies of poems and folklore. He participated in the New Negro Movement in literature from 1924-1931, became a leading figure in the Depression-era Black Chicago Writers’ literary movement and, …

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Courage, Richard A.. "Arna Bontemps". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 09 August 2013
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