LEON COLEMAN is Professor of English Studies at the University of the District of Columbia. He holds the Doctor of Philosophy in American Studies and has been a consultant and lecturer in Afro-American Literature for twenty years.
JOHN COOLEY, Professor of English at Western Michigan University, has been a visiting professor of American Studies at the universities of Sussex and Exeter. His article in this book emerged from his research for Savages and Naturals: Black Portraits By White Writers in Modern American Literature ( 1982). His articles on American literature have appeared in Mississippi Quarterly, Journal of Modern Literature, and Southern Humanities Review.
The late CHARLES T. DAVIS was Master of Calhoun College and Professor of English at Yale University as well as chairman of the Afro-American Studies Program. His books included Walt Whitman's Poems: Selections with Critical Aids (with Gay Wilson Allen), E. A. Robinson: Selected Early Poems and Letters, and On Being Black (with Daniel Walden). Professor Davis led the symposium on the Harlem Renaissance held at the University of Iowa in 1970, which served as a stimulus for the 1974 issue of Studies in the Literary Imagination, The Harlem Renaissance, and indirectly, therefore, he is responsible for this new edition.
CAROLYN C. DENARD is Associate Professor of American Literature at Georgia State University. Her general research interest is in cultural, historical, and ethical approaches to literature. Her published work includes critical articles on Toni Morrison, William Faulkner, and a historical introduction to the works of Charlotte Hawkins Brown. She is also president of the Toni Morrison Society.
LILLIE P. HOWARD is Professor of English and Associate Provost for Academic Affairs (including Undergraduate Education) at Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio. She has published two books, Zora Neale Hurston ( 1980) and Alice Walker and Zora Neale Hurston: The Common Bond ( 1993) as well as numerous articles on African American literature.
BRUCE KELLNER is Professor of English at Millersville University in Pennsylvania, where he teaches courses in poetry, Shakespeare, and literary research. In addition to many essays and reviews, he has published books including Carl Van Vechten and the Irreverent Decades ( 1968), The Harlem Renaissance: A Historical Dictionary for the Era ( 1984), The Letters of Carl Van Vechten ( 1987), A Gertrude Stein Companion: Content with the Example ( 1988), and The Last Dandy, Ralph Barton: American Artist, 1891-1931 ( 1991).