Meet the Author: Lawrence P. Jackson, "The Indignant Generation: A Narrative History of African American Writers and Critics"

Saturday, February 4, 2012 @ 5:00am

Event Info

Admission

FREE

Venue

Newberry Library

60 W. Walton Street

Chicago, 

IL 

60610

Presenter

The Newberry Library
312-943-9090

This event will be recorded for WBEZ’s Chicago Amplified.

The Indignant Generation is the first narrative history of the neglected but essential period of African American literature between the Harlem Renaissance and the civil rights era. The years between these two epochs saw the rise of Richard Wright, Gwendolyn Brooks, Ralph Ellison, Lorraine Hansberry, James Baldwin, and many other influential black writers. While these individuals have been duly celebrated, little attention has been paid to the political and artistic milieu in which they produced their greatest works.

Looking at the tumultuous decades surrounding World War II, Lawrence P. Jackson restores the “indignant” quality to a generation of African American writers shaped by Jim Crow segregation, the Great Depression, the growth of American communism, and an international wave of decolonization.

Fully exploring the cadre of key African American writers who triumphed in spite of segregation, Jackson paints a vivid portrait of American intellectual and artistic life in the mid-twentieth century in this award-winning book.

Lawrence P. Jackson is professor of English and African American studies at Emory University. He is the author of Ralph Ellison: Emergence of Genius and a forthcoming biography of Chester Himes.

This event is co-sponsored by the Newberry Library’s A.C. McClurg Bookstore. Admission is free and no reservations are required.