Harlem Renaissance | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Margaret Perry

This literature criticism consists of approximately 5 pages of analysis & critique of Harlem Renaissance.
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Critical Essay by Margaret Perry

SOURCE: “The Short Story,” in Silence to the Drums: Survey of the Literature of the Harlem Renaissance, Greenwood Press, 1976, pp. 110-37.

In the following excerpt from her book-length study of the literature of the Harlem Renaissance, Perry notes the Dostoevskian tone of West's short stories and her effective portrayal of the conflicts inherent in black middle-class life.

… In 1926 the second prize in the short story competition of the Opportunity contest was shared by Zora Neale Hurston for “Muttsy” and an unknown, first-published eighteen-year-old, Dorothy West, for her story entitled, “The Typewriter.”1 West said of herself at the time: “I was born in Boston … and educated in the public schools, for which, I must confess, I had no great fondness. To be conventional, my favorite author...

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