What are the best Harlem Renaissance books?

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    #1Native Son

    Native Son

    Native Son is an African American historical fiction book written by Richard Wright. This classic book is first published in 1940 and reproduced by Harper Perennial Modern Classics. 

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    Vincent Gonzalez
    Written on May 21, 2018
    "It is always humbling to look at the world minorities were living in during an era of such prosperity and growth."
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    #2Passing

    Passing

    Passing is a classic fictional novel written by Nella Larsen with an introduction from Ntozake Shange. This classic fictional novel was published on April 24, 2003 by Penguin.

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    Mario Cordero
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Passing is a novel that tries its best to capture the spirit of the Harlem Renaissance but it fails. There's too much time spent on weak characters."
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    #3The Collected Poems

    The Collected Poems

    The Collected Poems is a classic fictional poetry book written by Langston Hughes. This classic fictional poetry book was published on October 31, 1995 by Vintage Books and Random House Inc.

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    Alan Marshall
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "If you love poems alltogether, try this one out. This collection is a mesterpiece, fiction and classical at the same time."
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    #4The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man

    The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man

    The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man is a classic nonfiction biography written by James Weldon. This classic nonfiction biography was published on March 1, 1991 by Farrar, Strauss & Giroux.

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    Luis Venegas
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "This book was waaaayyy too heavy for me. Half-black, half-white people are supposed to identify as black, I guess? I have no dog in that fight. Not light summer reading by any stretch."
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    #5Not Without Laughter

    Not Without Laughter

    Not Without Laughter is a classic historical fiction novel written by Langston Hughes. This classic historical fiction novel was published on March 1, 1995 by Touchstone.

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    John Bates
    Written on May 21, 2018
    "Not Without Laughter is an absolute classic by the enigmatic Langston Hughes. A must read historical fiction novel."
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    #6Cane

    Cane

    Cane is a classic fictional poetry book written by Jean Tommer. This classic fictional poetry book was published on August 7, 1993 by Liveright. The first publication of this poetry book was dated back to January 1, 1923.

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    Bruce Nichols
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Yes, a very unique book, written in both prose and poems and features a play. The characterization is very personal. Not one of the most famous writers, but one of the best."
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    #7Uncle Tom's Children

    Uncle Tom's Children

    Uncle Tom's Children is a classic historical fiction book written by Richard Wright with an introduction from Richard Yarborough. This classic historical fiction book was published in 2004 by HarperPerennial.

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    Willie Gutierrez
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "This is a bad solution because the book is set in the American Deep South. This has nothing to do with the Harlem Renaissance."
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    #8Black No More

    Black No More

    Black No More is a classic science fiction novel written by George S. Schuyler. This classic science fiction novel was published on June 29, 1999 by Modern Library.

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    Howard Wong
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "This book is a wonderfully funny, biting satire. It received high ratings for its ability to keep my attention, holding me captive page after page. The criticisms that this books makes of racial politics are as relevant today as they were in 1931. Recommended."
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    #9The Negro Speaks of Rivers

    The Negro Speaks of Rivers

    The Negro Speaks of Rivers is the poem composed by Langston Hughes, the renowned African-American poet. It is about the strength and fortitude of the African-American people in America.

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    Carolyn Wagner
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "I was introduced to "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" in a class for multicultural literature. The words of Langston Hughes provide readers with powerful images of people and places that will resonate with people of African decent."
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    #10I Wonder as I Wander

    I Wonder as I Wander

    I Wonder as I Wander: An Autobiographical Journey is the 14th in The Collected Works of Langston Hughes series written by Langston Hughes with an introduction by Arnold Rampersad. This book is about the life of the author in the 1930s.

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    Sara Arias
    Written on May 22, 2018
    "The writing is strong, and I found it easy to imagine myself being in the places the author describes. The characters really stand out. It's a great read and good choice to bring on a long trip."
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    #11The Portable Harlem Renaissance Reader

    The Portable Harlem Renaissance Reader

    The Portable Harlem Renaissance Reader is a book collection of fictional short stories edited by David Levering Lewis as part of the Viking Portable Library. With over 700 pages, this book was published in 1948 by Penguin Books.

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    Helen Ray
    Written on May 23, 2018
    "The Portable Harlem Renaissance Reader is the perfect example of Harlem Renaissance books. There are several books in the collection, so you won't get bored. Though the stories are quite old, they still hold up and keep your attention. "

Summary

Best What are the best Harlem Renaissance books
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Native SonBooks 38 Paid
2PassingBooks 34 Paid
3The Collected PoemsBooks 32 Paid
4The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored ManBooks 29 Paid
5Not Without LaughterBooks 28 Paid
6CaneBooks 27 Paid
7Uncle Tom's ChildrenBooks 24 Paid
8Black No MoreBooks 22 Paid
9The Negro Speaks of RiversBooks 18 Paid
10I Wonder as I WanderBooks 12 Paid
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