Women of the Harlem Renaissance by Marissa Constantinou
Thank you, NetGalley and Macmillan Collector’s Library for the chance to read and review Women of the Harlem Renaissance, edited by Marissa Constantinou.
Women of the Harlem Renaissance comes out on the 15th of September and is currently available for pre-order on Amazon. It’s also on sale right now for $5.99 instead of $14.99 so I would recommend snapping it up!
Mini Book Review:
This book consists of short stories and poems by different women of the Harlem Renaissance. It highlights them because a large number of them have still been sidelined, even though they’re phenomenal writers.
The book selects some of the best short pieces by some of these women which is a great way to check out different writers and see whose style might be to your taste before reading more by them. I particularly liked the Abyss by Nella Larson and can’t wait to read more of her work. I also really loved the poems Hope by Clara Ann Thompson, Motherhood by Georgie Douglas Johnson, and Regret by Olivia Ward Bush-Banks.
The Harlem Renaissance was a cultural movement that saw an explosion of Black art, music and writing, yet few female creatives are remembered alongside their male counterparts.
Part of the Macmillan Collector’s Library; a series of stunning, clothbound, pocket-sized classics with gold foiled edges and ribbon markers. These beautiful books make perfect gifts or a treat for any book lover. Women of the Harlem Renaissance is edited by Marissa Constantinou and introduced by Professor Kate Dossett.
Exploring subjects from love, loss and motherhood to jazz, passing and Jim Crow law, the poems and stories collected in this anthology celebrate the women of colour at the heart of the movement. Alice Dunbar-Nelson parades through New Orleans in ‘A Carnival Jangle’ whilst Carrie Williams Clifford takes to Fifth Avenue in ‘Silent Protest Parade’, and Nella Larsen seeks a mother’s protection in ‘Sanctuary’. Showcasing popular authors alongside writers you might discover for the first time, this collection of daring and disruptive writing encapsulates early twentieth-century America in surprising and beautiful ways.
Hope by Clara Ann Thompson
Motherhood by Georgie Douglas Johnson
Regret by Olivia Ward Bush-Banks