In December 2011 we published Steven Tracy’s edited volume Writers of the Black Chicago Renaissance, which covers a vast collection of subjects, including many important writers such as Richard Wright, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Lorraine Hansberry as well as cultural products such as black newspapers, music, and theater. Reviews have been very positive.
“A vigorous and seminal reassessment of an essential chapter in American culture.”–Booklist
“If Tracy’s intention in pulling together the contributions to this thorough book is to enlighten readers about this outstanding group of artists and this period in our country’s cultural history, he has succeeded remarkably. . . . A superb introduction to the Black Chicago Renaissance.”–Library Journal
“The authors written about here across some 30 essays and literary biographies led fascinating lives, and the essays serve as windows into a bygone era. . . . 4 stars.”–Time Out Chicago