The Black Chicago Writers' Movement

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Literary/ Cultural Context Essay

From the Depression to the early 1950s, Chicago was the hot center of African American creative expression in literature. On the South Side, sometimes called Bronzeville, young writers such as Richard Wright, Margaret Walker, Gwendolyn Brooks, William Attaway, Theodore Ward, Frank Marshall Davis, Frank Yerby, Willard Motley, Era Bell Thompson, and Margaret Danner honed their craft, launched careers, and authored works that would equal the achievements of the Harlem Renaissance. Supported and mentored by such veterans of the Harlem movement as Arna Bontemps and Langston Hughes, Chicago writers broke new ground in African American letters and achieved unprecedented critical and commercial success. Working variously in fiction, poetry, …

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Courage, Richard A.. "The Black Chicago Writers' Movement". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 02 January 2014
[, accessed 27 September 2016.]

Related Groups

  1. African American Fiction
  2. African American Poetry
  3. African American Drama