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Alain L. Locke: The Biography of a Philosopher

Leonard Harris and Charles Molesworth


Alain L. Locke (1886–1954), in his famous 1925 anthology The New Negro, declared that “the pulse of the Negro world has begun to beat in Harlem.” Often called the father of the Harlem Renaissance, he had his finger directly on that pulse, promoting, influencing, and sparring with such figures as Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Jacob Lawrence, Richmond Barthé, William Grant Still, Booker T. Washington, W. E. B. Du Bois, Ralph Bunche, and John Dewey. This biography of an extraordinarily gifted philosopher and writer narrates the story of Locke's impact on twentieth-century America's cultura ... More

Keywords: Alain L. Locke, New Negro, Harlem Renaissance, intellectual life, Harvard University, Philadelphia, pragmatism, Howard University, art, literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780226317762
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226317809.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Leonard Harris, author

Charles Molesworth, author