Cover for VAN VECHTEN: The Splendid Drunken Twenties: Selections from the Daybooks, 1922-1930. Click for larger image

The Splendid Drunken Twenties

Selections from the Daybooks, 1922-1930

A startling record of the Jazz Age through the eyes of one of its memorable figures

Between 1922 and 1930, Carl Van Vechten--one of the most significant figures of the Harlem Renaissance--kept a daily record of his activities. The records recount his day-to-day life, as well as the alliances, drinking habits, feuds, and affairs of a wide number of the period's luminaries, providing a rich resource for reconstructing the culture of 1920s New York and the social milieu during Prohibition. Bruce Kellner has provided copious, informative notes identifying central figures and clarifying details.

"This unique document stands alone in its monumental recordings of the comings, goings, and doings of a diverse and fascinating group of prominent writers, artists, publishers, actors, producers, activists, and more. With his painstaking editing and annotation, Kellner has done a tremendous service to all scholars of the period."--Thadious Davis, author of Nella Larsen, Novelist of the Harlem Renaissance: A Woman's Life Unveiled


Carl Van Vechten (18801964) was a writer, photographer, and music critic famous for his popularization of African-American culture as portrayed in his 1926 novel, Nigger Heaven. Bruce Kellner is the biographer of Carl Van Vechten and the author of numerous books and articles on literature, art, and the theater.

To order online:
//www.press.uillinois.edu/books/catalog/65nmt5gy9780252074622.html

To order by phone:
(800) 621-2736 (USA/Canada)
(773) 702-7000 (International)

Related Titles

previous book next book
Brother Mine

The Correspondence of Jean Toomer and Waldo Frank

Edited by Kathleen Pfeiffer

Black Music Research Journal

Edited by Horace Maxile, Jr.

Queer Pollen

White Seduction, Black Male Homosexuality, and the Cinematic

David A. Gerstner

Novel Bondage

Slavery, Marriage, and Freedom in Nineteenth-Century America

Tess Chakkalakal

Beyond the Black Lady

Sexuality and the New African American Middle Class

Lisa B. Thompson

The Black Chicago Renaissance

Edited by Darlene Clark Hine and John McCluskey Jr.

Women, Gender, and Families of Color

Edited by Jennifer F. Hamer

Black Internationalist Feminism

Women Writers of the Black Left, 1945-1995

Cheryl Higashida

Quakers and Abolition

Edited by Brycchan Carey and Geoffrey Plank