and set off together to work in the Everglades, picking beans side by side all day and rolling dice and dancing to piano blues at night. Its sort of duskin down dark, observes the otherwise unexceptional Mrs. Chesnutt, a well-known short story writer and essayist. Disowned by the founders of the Harlem Renaissance for its association with the shambling, watermelon-eating mockeries of American stage convention, dialect remained an irresistible if highly self-conscious resource for writers, from Langston Hughes and Sterling Brown to Wright himself (whose use of the idiom Hurston.
Among Hurstons supporters, Alice Walker has called it reactionary, static, shockingly misguided and timid, and Mary Helen Washington has called it vacuous as a soap opera. He wrote that Black artists intended to express themselves freely no matter what the Black public or white public thought. That famed outpouring of novels and poems and plays of the twenties, anxiously demonstrating the Negros humanity and cultural citizenship, counted for nothing against the bludgeoning facts of the Depression, the Scottsboro trials, and the first-ever riot in Harlem itself, in 1935. Her first novel, The Bluest Eye, was published in 1970. Ahm uh featured woman that we hear of Janies coffee-and-cream complexion and Caucasian characteristics. Baldwin's idol and friend was author Richard Wright, whom Baldwin called "the greatest Black writer in the world for me". Its a game that Richard Wright must have lost every time. And, like the sermons in which Hurston was schooledlike her entire book, as it winds in and out of this realization of sexual graceher message lives in its music. Nannys immovable goal to see Janie school out meets its match in the teenagers bursting sexuality. Citation needed Du Bois wrote: "The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color-line 41 a statement since considered prescient. Although Hurston wrote 14 books that ranged from anthropology to short stories to novel-length fiction, her writings fell into obscurity for decades. Arvays last attempt to go home to her own people results in her burning down the house in which she was raised.