By John Edgar Tidwell, Steven C Tracy
John Edgar Tidwell and Steven C. Tracy have introduced jointly for the 1st time a book-length choice of serious and theoretical writings approximately Sterling A. Brown that recovers and reasserts his carrying on with significance for a modern viewers. Exploring new instructions within the research of Brown's existence and paintings, After iciness comprises new and formerly released essays that sum up modern ways to Brown's multifaceted works; interviews with Brown's friends and contemporaries; an updated, annotated bibliography; and a discography of resource fabric that innovatively extends the examine and educating of Brown's acclaimed poetry, specifically his Southern street, concentrating on recordings of folks fabrics appropriate to the subject material, variety, and which means of person poems from his oeuvre.
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Brown’s work is not only ﬁne, it is also unique. He began writing just after the Negro poets had generally discarded conventionalized dialect, with its minstrel traditions of Negro life (traditions that had but slight relation, often no relation at all, to actual Negro life) with its artiﬁcial and false sentiment, its exaggerated geniality and optimism. He infused his poetry with genuine characteristic ﬂavor by adopting as his medium the common, racy, living speech of the Negro in certain phases of real life.
Mammy With deep religion defeating the grief Life piled so closely about her is the key picture to the Negro as Christian; Mr. Brown’s When the Saints Come Marching Home [sic] is worth half a dozen essays on the Negro’s religion. But to return to the question of bold exposure of the intimacies of Negro thinking—read that priceless apologia of kitchen stealing in the Ruminations of Luke Johnson, reﬂective husband of Mandy Jane, tromping early to work with a great big basket, and tromping wearily back with it at night laden with the petty spoils of the day’s picking: Well, taint my business noway, An’ I ain’ near fo’gotten De lady what she wuks fo’, An’ how she got her jack; De money dat she live on Come from niggers pickin’ cotton, Ebbery dollar dat she squander Nearly bust a nigger’s back.
4 Sterling Brown: The New Negro Folk-Poet Alain LeRoy Locke Many critics, writing in praise of Sterling Brown’s ﬁrst volume of verse, have seen ﬁt to hail him as a signiﬁcant new Negro poet. The discriminating few go further; they hail a new era in Negro poetry, for such is the deeper signiﬁcance of this volume (Southern Road, Sterling A. Brown, Harcourt Brace, New York, 1932). Gauging the main objective of Negro poetry as the poetic portrayal of Negro folk-life true in both letter and spirit to the idiom of the folk’s own way of feeling and thinking, we may say that here for the ﬁrst time is that much-desired and long-awaited acme attained or brought within actual reach.
After Winter: The Art and Life of Sterling A. Brown by John Edgar Tidwell, Steven C Tracy