Remember Me to Harlem
Emily Bernard talked about the book she edited, Remember Me to Harlem: The Letters of Langston Hughes and Carl Van Vechten, 1925-1964, published by Knopf. The book describes the nearly forty-year friendship between the two men through their letters. Langston Hughes was a black poet, playwright and Harlem Renaissance luminary. Carl Van Vechten was a white photographer with a patrician background who served as patron to many black artists. The friendship endured despite the publication of Mr. Van Vechten’s novel Nigger Heaven that was believed by critics to be exploitative of black culture. The correspondence, which ended upon Mr. Van Vechten’s death in 1964, ranged from gossip about other Harlem Renaissance cultural figures to politics to discussions of literature and plays. The book contains sixty photographs, some by Mr. Van Vechten, of Langston Hughes, publisher Alfred Knopf, James Baldwin and other Harlem alumni such as Zora Neale Hurston and Arna Bontemps. close
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Emily Elaine Bernard Assistant Professor Smith College->Afro-American Studies
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