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Black Literature Criticism. Vol. 1. : Gale Research, 1992, 152–171. Bennett, Gwendolyn (Gwendolyn Bennetta Bennett, Gwendolyn Bernette Bennett, Gwendolyn Bennett Jackson, Gwendolyn Bennett Crosscup) (1902–1981) poet, journalist Though considered by many to be a minor literary figure during the Harlem Renaissance, Gwendolyn Bennett earned the respect of her contemporaries, including LANGSTON HUGHES and COUNTEE CULLEN, as well as that of the earlier generation of African-American writers, among them JAMES WELDON JOHNSON.

Brown’s Slim Greer poems draw on and expand the figure of the trickster found in the oldest oral traditions of African culture and African-American folklore. ” Brown began teaching in 1929 at Howard University, where he would remain for the next 40 years. Unable to find a publisher for his second collection of poetry, No Hiding Place, Brown turned his attention to literary criticism. He was awarded a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship in 1937, which allowed him to complete two important scholarly collections, The Negro in American Fiction and Negro Poetry and Drama, both published in 1937.

Following this early success as a writer, he published several essays in such periodicals as Esquire, the New York Times Magazine, and Life. After earning his degree in government and business from Howard University in 1965, Brown studied law briefly at Stanford University before transferring to Rutgers. During this period, he also wrote and lectured on poverty, juvenile justice, and social reforms. He published his second book, The Children of Ham, in 1976. The book describes the activities of a group of teenagers in Harlem who encourage each other, despite considerable obstacles, to remain free of drugs and stay in school.

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