ROBERT A. RUSS
Although the major historical and literary events of the Harlem Renaissance are generally placed between the years 1919 and 1929, I have expanded both ends of this range, especially the later years. The Depression had a devastating effect on all aspects of American society, including the publishing industry (and through it, of course, the writers of the Harlem Renaissance), but as can be seen, a significant number of the Renaissance writers could and did continue writing and publishing after 1929. Consequently, I have chosen to end this chronology at 1940 because with the publication, in that year, of Richard Wright Native Son on the one hand and that of Langston Hughes' The Big Sea and Claude McKay Harlem: Negro Metropolis on the other, we seem, simultaneously, to observe the beginning of a new era and the end of an old.
I am indebted to a large number of sources for information contained herein, but I would particularly like to acknowledge a debt to Jeffrey Stewart, who compiled a brief chronology of the Harlem Renaissance for the Studio Museum in Harlem's traveling exhibit "Harlem Renaissance: Art of Black America" in 1988, and to Bruce Kellner, whose book The Harlem Renaissance: A Historical Dictionary for the Era is an indispensable aid for the study of this period.