Miss Anne in Harlem by Carla Kaplan
The White Women of the Black Renaissance

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Aside from its significance as cultural history, Miss Anne in Harlem is packed with amazing life stories.
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Celebrated scholar Carla Kaplan’s cultural biography, Miss Anne in Harlem: The White Women of the Black Renaissance, focuses on white women, collectively called “Miss Anne,” who became Harlem Renaissance insiders.
 
The 1920s in New York City was a time of freedom, experimentation, and passion—with Harlem at the epicenter. White men could go uptown to see jazz and modern dance, but women who embraced black culture too enthusiastically could be ostracized.
 
Miss Anne in Harlem focuses on six of the unconventional, free-thinking women, some from Manhattan high society, many Jewish, who crossed race lines and defied social conventions to become a part of the culture and heartbeat of Harlem.
 
Ethnic and gender studies professor Carla Kaplan brings the interracial history of the Harlem Renaissance to life with vivid prose, extensive research, and period photographs.

 

About Carla Kaplan

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Carla Kaplan is the Davis Distinguished Professor of American Literature at Northeastern University and previously taught at Yale University and the University of Southern California. She has received fellowships from The Guggenheim Foundation, the New York Public Library, the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and elsewhere. She is the author of The Erotics of Talk and Zora Neale Hurston: A Life in Letters, and the editor of works by Hurston, Nella Larsen, and others.
 
Published September 10, 2013 by Harper. 544 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, War, Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
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NY Times

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Reviewed by Martha A. Sandweiss on Sep 20 2013

The book is full of fresh discoveries. ­Kaplan learns that Lillian Wood, author of the radical 1920s anti-lynching novel “Let My People Go,” was actually white, not black, as other scholars have imagined.

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Publishers Weekly

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on Jun 03 2013

...Miss Anne defied categorization, transcending her race, class, and gender, and introducing many of the ideas we hold today about inclusiveness and self-reinvention.

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Reviewed by Maureen Corrigan on Sep 16 2013

Aside from its significance as cultural history, Miss Anne in Harlem is packed with amazing life stories.

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