Melvin B. Tolson, 1898-1966: Plain Talk and Poetic Prophecy

Melvin B Tolson Plain Talk and Poetic Prophecy One of the outstanding poets of the twentieth century Melvin B Tolson is best known for Rendezvous with America Libretto for the Republic of Liberia Harlem Gallery and A Gallery of Harlem Portrait
  • Title: Melvin B. Tolson, 1898-1966: Plain Talk and Poetic Prophecy
  • Author: Robert M. Farnsworth
  • ISBN: 9780826204332
  • Page: 384
  • Format: Hardcover
  • One of the outstanding poets of the twentieth century, Melvin B Tolson is best known for Rendezvous with America, Libretto for the Republic of Liberia, Harlem Gallery, and A Gallery of Harlem Portraits Although these works have received critical acclaim, they are not yet widely read.In this biography of Tolson, Robert M Farnsworth has gathered much new information on thOne of the outstanding poets of the twentieth century, Melvin B Tolson is best known for Rendezvous with America, Libretto for the Republic of Liberia, Harlem Gallery, and A Gallery of Harlem Portraits Although these works have received critical acclaim, they are not yet widely read.In this biography of Tolson, Robert M Farnsworth has gathered much new information on the poet from family papers, from reminiscences of friends, acquaintances, and relatives, and from scholarly analyses of his work to create a clarifying and insightful account of the poet s life The events and preoccupations of Tolson s life in turn provide a useful context for examining Tolson s major poems Moreover, Farnsworth has determined the chronology of most of Tolson s writings, many of which were before either unknown or known only through obscure references.During his lifetime, however, Tolson the man was well known within the American black community as a speaker and activist who identified economics as the underlying basis of racism He expressed his opinions freely and forcefully in a column he wrote seven years for the Washington Tribune, Caviar and Cabbage Both in his poetry and in his prose Tolson wrote in a voice blending those of the scholar, the preacher, and the poet Embracing a modernist aesthetic in his later poetry, he challenged his readers with a demanding task, which has unfortunately proved too formidable for all but a few Farnsworth s book will do much to bring Tolson and his works the attention and understanding they so richly deserve.
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