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African American Women Writers

Jessie Redmon Fauset (1882-1961), American novelist, essayist, and editor, was a key figure in the African American literary movement of the 1920s known as the Harlem Renaissance. As literary editor of The Crisis, the publication of the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP), she promoted the early careers of such Harlem Renaissance luminaries as Langston HughesJean ToomerClaude McKay, and Countee Cullen. Years later, in his autobiography, The Big Sea (1940), Hughes recalled Fauset's pivotal role in the birth of the Renaissance: 'Jessie Fauset, Charles S. Johnson, and Alain Locke were the three people who mid-wifed the so-called New Negro literature into being. They nursed us along until our books were born.' Fauset's own writing frequently explores the theme of racial identity and the need for African Americans to overcome self-loathing in order to transcend prejudice. Through her work Fauset also strove to persuade a white audience of their common humanity with African Americans.

Genre: Literary fiction


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