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There is no neighbourhood in America as famous, infamous, and inspiring as Harlem. From its humble beginnings as a farming district and country retreat for the rich, Harlem grew to international prominence as the Mecca of black art and culture, then fell from grace, despised as a crime-ridden slum and symbol of urban decay. But during all of these phases there was writing in Harlem - great writing that sprang from one of the richest and most unique communities in the world. From Harlem's most revered icons such as Langston Hughes, Duke Ellington, Ann Petry, and Malcolm X, to voices of a new generation of icons including Willie Perdomo, Mase, Grace Edwards, and Piri Thomas, THE HARLEM READER gathers a wealth of vital impressions, stories, and narratives and blends them with original accounts offered by living storytellers, famous and not so famous. Fresh and vivid, this volume perfectly captures the dramatic moments and personalities at the core of Harlem's ever-evolving story.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781400046812
ISBN-10: 1400046815
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 25mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: Three Rivers Press
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Herb Boyd

Herb Boyd is the national editor of The Black World Today, an online publication. He currently teaches African and African-American history at the College of New Rochelle in Manhattan. Co-editor with Robert Allen of the American Book Award-winning collection Brotherman and, more recently, editor of Autobiography of a People, he lives in Harlem with his wife.

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