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Van Vechten helped her refine her writing skills and enhance her literary voice. The former First Lady urged the elderly writer to finish a long-abandoned novel, The Wedding, which appeared in 1995, soon followed by a collection of West’s short stories and an Oprah Winfrey-produced television adaptation of the novel. She was sixteen when she enrolled at Columbia University in New York to study journalism and philosophy in 1923. When Hurston left New York to conduct ethnographic research in the South, she sublet her apartment to West, who threw herself into Harlem’s social and literary life thought she was still barely out of her teens—Langston Hughes, a lifelong friend, dubbed her “the Kid.”. endstream Her father was a former slave. Both her parents were born in the southern United States, and moved north. Harlem Renaissance writer Dorothy West was born on June 2, 1907 in Boston, Massachusetts. She was the only child of Rachel Pease Benson and Isaac Christopher West. endobj At the age of two, West began her formal education, and by four she was admitted to the second grade at Farragut School in Boston. 2018-12-29T07:45-08:00 Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our, “the much praised new pet of that crow’s chorus, the U.S. literary community.”, The Woman Who Changed the Game for Black Writers. uuid:fb80cd9c-aa6f-11b2-0a00-782dad000000

In June 1932, she visited the Soviet Union along with other Harlem Renaissance intellectuals to film Black and White, a story about racism in the United States. 8 0 obj Dorothy West poses for the photographer at her home in Oak Bluffs, Mass., Aug. 5, 1989. Although the project was canceled not long after their arrival, West stayed on for almost a year, a period she remembered as “carefree” until it was abruptly truncated by news of her father’s death. Beginning in 1938, West worked as a welfare investigator in Harlem for a year and half and in the early 1940s became a regular contributor for New York Daily News. endobj Dorothy West died in Boston on August 16, 1998, three years after completing The Wedding. �D���DW����y� ��|z��?�Fe�$'�z���8�����㳭�uõTJ=]�_��`|2+)c>�Y8��ؗ��~A�����&,� By signing up you are agreeing to our, New Hampshire Towns Deliver First Election Day Results, This Map Shows How America Voted in Every Election Since 1824, COVID-19 on Food Packaging: Why Experts Aren't Worried, How Zora Neale Hurston Helped Her Readers Understand the World, Not Hugging My Grandkids Will Always Be Hard, Sign up to receive the top stories you need to know now on politics, health and more, © 2020 TIME USA, LLC. In the late 1930s West edited two magazines, Challenge and later New Challenge, through which she hoped to showcase young black talent. endobj You can unsubscribe at any time. In 1927, she applied for a playwright position with the original stage production of Porgy and Bess but was offered a small role instead. <>stream 10 0 obj To say that Dorothy West had a sheltered upbringing for a young African American girl born in 1907 is an understatement. But the six issues of Challenge that appeared still gave most of their space to West’s old friends like Hughes, Helene Johnson and Claude McKay. This story, along with sixteen others, was re-printed in West… West’s family had been one of the first to achieve that classic marker of Bostonian achievement, the home on Martha’s Vineyard. 9 0 obj <>/Font<>/ProcSet[/PDF/Text/ImageB/ImageC/ImageI]>>/Type/Page>> West’s novels, short stories, and periodical publications discussed African American life as well as black political and social issues. 5 0 obj

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West put her writing on hold as she spent the next few years as an actor. 34 0 obj <>/Font<>/ProcSet[/PDF/Text/ImageB/ImageC/ImageI]>>/Type/Page>> 49 0 obj

West’s parents had both escaped the rural south and wanted to banish its memory: her father, born into slavery, eventually ran a fruit business so successful he was nicknamed the Black Banana King. In 1926, her short story “The Typewriter” appeared in Opportunity, the journal of the National Urban League and a major literary outlet for Harlem Renaissance writers. <>/Font<>/ProcSet[/PDF/Text/ImageB/ImageC/ImageI]/XObject<>>>/Type/Page>> Prince 9.0 rev 5 ( Dorothy’s story “The Typewriter” came in second, tied with an entry from Zora Neale Hurston, and the girls traveled to New York for the awards dinner, finding themselves suddenly at the vibrant heart of the Harlem Renaissance. AppendPDF Pro 5.5 Linux Kernel 2.6 64bit Oct 2 2014 Library 10.1.0 West returned to Harlem and began to write again in 1934. endobj Trudier Harris, Afro-American Writers, 1940-1955 (Detroit: Gale Research, 1988); Walter C. Daniel, “Challenge Magazine: An Experiment That Failed,” CLA Journal, 19 (June 1976); Genii Guinier, Black Women Oral History Project Interview with Dorothy West, May 6, 1978 (Cambridge: Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe College, 1981).

In 1937, West gave up on Challenge and started over with New Challenge, co-edited with Richard Wright, which lasted only one issue but made its mark publishing Wright’s combative and influential essay “Blueprint for Negro Writing,” which urged black artists to reject white artistic standards and draw inspiration instead from their own racial heritage. <>/Font<>/ProcSet[/PDF/Text/ImageB/ImageC/ImageI]>>/Type/Page>> As TIME reported that July, West was cheerfully enduring her second go-round as “the much praised new pet of that crow’s chorus, the U.S. literary community.” She lived for three more years, regaling journalists with the stories of her remarkable life and bearing essential “witness to a long-gone world.”. application/pdf 1 0 obj endobj All Rights Reserved. <> endobj Forego a bottle of soda and donate its cost to us for the information you just learned, and feel good about helping to make it available to everyone! West—who had already published several stories in the local Boston Post—and her cousin, the poet Helene Johnson, promptly entered. endobj Once, when a copy of the NAACP’s magazine The Crisis dropped through the mailbox, her mother was horrified at the thought of her daughter encountering the magazine’s graphic accounts of racial violence, seemingly so far removed from their genteel middle-class life in Boston. <>/Font<>/ProcSet[/PDF/Text/ImageB/ImageC/ImageI]>>/Type/Page>>


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