Arna Bontemps

Arna Bontemps, 1902–73, African-American writer, b. Alexandria, La. He is best remembered as the author of the novel God Sends Sunday (1931), the basis of the play St. Louis Woman (1946); and of Black Thunder (1936), a tragic account of the slave insurrection led by Gabriel Prosser in Richmond, Va., in 1800. Bontemps was also an editor, anthologizer, and historian.

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Bontemps and the Old South
Jones, Kirkland C.
African American Review, Vol. 27, No. 2, Summer 1993
Black American Poets and Dramatists of the Harlem Renaissance
Harold Bloom.
Chelsea House, 1995
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Arna Bontemps begins on p. 1
Out of the Midwest: A Collection of Present-Day Writing
John T. Frederick.
Whittlesey House, 1944
Librarian’s tip: "Rock Church Rock!" by Arna Bontemps begins on p. 31
Black Thunder's Call for a Conjure Response to American Negro Slavery
Lane, Suzanne.
African American Review, Vol. 37, No. 4, Winter 2003
Voodoo Fascism: Fascist Ideology in Arna Bontemps's Drums at Dusk
Thompson, Mark Christian.
MELUS, Vol. 30, No. 3, Fall 2005
African American Authors, 1745-1945: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook
Emmanuel S. Nelson.
Greenwood Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: "Arna Bontemps (1902-1973)" begins on p. 36
The Negro Genius: A New Appraisal of the Achievement of the American Negro in Literature and the Fine Arts
Benjamin Brawley.
Biblio and Tannen Publishers, 1966
Librarian’s tip: Chap. IX "The New Realists The Forerunners: Claude McKay, Langston Hughes, Eric Walrond, Rudolph Fisher, Sterling Brown, Zora Neale Hurston, Arna Bontemps"
The Lonesome Boy Theme as Emblem for Arna Bontemps's Children's Literature
Alvarez, Joseph A.
African American Review, Vol. 32, No. 1, Spring 1998
The Afro-American Novel and Its Tradition
Bernard W. Bell.
University of Massachusetts Press, 1989
Librarian’s tip: "Arna Wendell Bontemps (1902-1973)" begins on p. 101
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