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by John Edgar Tidwell

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  • BOOKS:

    • (with Steven Tracy, edited with an introduction), After Winter: The Art and Life of Sterling A. Brown. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.
    • (edited with an introduction), "Writings of Frank Marshall Davis, A Voice of the Black Press" (in production at the University Press of Mississippi).
    • (with Cheryl Ragar, edited with an introduction), "Montage of a Dream: The Art and Life of Langston Hughes" (in production at University of Missouri Press).
    • (edited with an introduction), Livin' the Blues: Memoirs of a Black Journalist and Poet by Frank Marshall Davis. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1992.
    • (edited with an introduction), Black Moods: Collected Poems , by Frank Marshall Davis. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2002.
    • (with Mark A. Sanders, edited with an introduction), "A Negro Looks at the South," by Sterling A. Brown (in production at Oxford University Press).
    • "Oh, Didn't He Ramble: A Life of Sterling A. Brown," under contract by the University of Illinois Press.

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    • "The Sounds of Silence: Langston Hughes as a 'Down Low' Brother?" In "Montage of a Dream: The Art and Life of Langston Hughes." Eds. John Edgar Tidwell and Cheryl Ragar. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2007.
    • "Gordon Parks and the Unending Quest for Self-fulfillment." In John Brown to Bob Dole: Movers and Shakers in Kansas History. Ed. Virgil Dean. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2006. 293-305.
    • "Sterling A. Brown." Online essay. <>
    • "Frank Marshall Davis." Online essay. <>
    • "Frank Marshall Davis and the Cultural Life of Black Chicago."  Under consideration for Proceedings of the Hull House Conference.
    • “Fierce Listening: Sterling A. Brown, Benjamin A. Botkin and Folk-Say.” Under consideration for Proceedings of Benjamin A. Botkin Conference.
    • (editor and contributor), “Plateaus of Uncertainty: Symposia on Legacies and the Future of the Race.” My essay “Coming of Age in a Land of Uncertainty” ( available in .pdf format )and audience responses to it appear in Cottonwood 56 (Fall 2000): 43–59.
    • (with Robert Hemenway, Valdinia Winn, and Carmaletta M. Williams) “The Legacy of the Harlem Renaissance: A Symposium,” Cottonwood 57 (Spring 2001): 45–61.
    • (compiler and contributor), “The Future of the Race: A Symposium,” Kansas English 85.1 (Spring 2000): 69–82.
    • (compiler and, with Cheryl Lester, co-introducer), "Frank Marshall Davis and the Chicago Black Renaissance," special issue of The Langston Hughes Review 14. 1 & 2 (Spring / Fall 1996).
    • "The Critical Realism of Sterling A. Brown," in "The Critical Methods of Africa America," edited by R. Baxter Miller, forthcoming from the Modern Language Association, 2001.
    • "Exclusivity or Expansion: Canon Formation and the Black Literature Anthology," in "The Critical Methods of Africa America," edited by R. Baxter Miller, forthcoming from the Modern Language Association, 2001.
    • (contributing editor), "From Renaissance to Mid-Forties," African American Literature. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1992, pp. 379-451.
    • (contributing editor), "Sterling A. Brown," Heath Anthology of American Literature, 1st ed., vol. 2, edited by Paul Lauter, et al. Lexington, MA: DC Heath Publishers, 1990, pp. 1519-1521. Rpt. in 2nd ed., vol. 2, 1994, pp. 1656-71. Rev. and rpt. in 3rd ed., vol. 2, 1998, pp. 1655–70. See also my "Sterling A. Brown," in Instructor's Guide for the Heath Anthology of American Literature, ed. Judith A. Stanford. Lexington, MA: DC Heath Publishers, 1990, pp. 476-79. Rpt. in 2nd ed., edited by John Alberti, 1994, pp. 575-78. Rev. and rpt. in 3rd ed., edited by John Alberti, 1998, pp. 582–85.
    • (guest editor and contributor), "Oh, Didn't He Ramble: Sterling A. Brown (1901-1989)," special section of Black American Literature Forum 23.1 (1989): includes my introduction (p. 89) and my essay "Sterling A. Brown Remembered" (109-111).


    • "Weaving Strange Garments: Jazz in the Poetry of Frank Marshall Davis."  Brilliant Corners: A Journal of  Jazz and Literature 6.1 (2001): 31-39.
    • “In Defense of African American Culture: Sterling A. Brown, Gunnar Myrdal, and An American Dilemma,” forthcoming in Contributions in Black Studies
    • “Coming of Age in a Land of Uncertainty,” Cottonwood 56 (Fall 2000): 43–59.
    • (with Theodore H. Genoways). “Two Lost Sonnets by Sterling A. Brown.” Callaloo, 21.4 (Fall 1998): 741–44.
    • "Double Conscious Brother in the Veil: Toward an Intellectual Biography of Sterling A. Brown." Callaloo, 21.4 (Fall 1998): 931–39.
    • (with John S. Wright). "Steady and Unaccusing: An Interview With Sterling A. Brown." Callaloo, 21.4 (Fall 1998): 811–21.
    • "Alternative Constructions to Black Arts Autobiography: Frank Marshall Davis and 1960s Counterculture." CLA Journal 41.2 (1997): 147–60.
    • "Two Writers Sharing: Sterling A. Brown, Robert Frost, and ‘In Divés's Dive.’" African American Review 13.3 (Fall 1997): 399–408.
    • "'I Was a Weaver of Jagged Words': Social Function in the Poetry of Frank Marshall Davis." The Langston Hughes Review 14. 1 & 2 (Spring/Fall 1996): 65–78.
    • "Brown, Sterling A.," "Davis, Frank Marshall," and "Slim Greer." Oxford Companion to African American Literature. Eds. William L. Andrews, et al. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997. 104–106, 202–203, and 673 respectively.
    • "'The Summer of '46': Sterling A. Brown Among the Minnesotans," Black Heartland, 1.l (Spring 1996): 27-41.
    • "Ad Astra Per Aspera: [The Kansas Roots of] Frank Marshall Davis," Kansas History: A Journal of the Central Plains, 18.4 (Winter 1995-1996): 270-82.
    • "Recasting Negro Life History: Sterling A. Brown and the Federal Writers' Project," The Langston Hughes Review 12.2 (Summer-Winter 1995): 77-82.
    • "Reliving the Blues: Frank Marshall Davis and the Crafting of a Self." Intro. to Livin' the Blues, by Frank Marshall Davis. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 1992, pp. xiii-xvii.
    • "The Art of Tall Tale in the Slim Greer Poems," (available in .pdf format ) Cottonwood Magazine 38/39 (Summer/Fall 1986): 170-176.
    • "Frank Marshall Davis." Afro-American Writers from the Harlem Renaissance to 1940. Vol. 51 of Dictionary of Literary Biography. Detroit: Gale Research Co., 1987, 60-66.
    • "Interview With Frank Marshall Davis." Black American Literature Forum 19.3 (1985): 105-108. Rpt. in Black Literature Criticism. Detroit: Gale Research, Inc., 1992, 522-25.
    • (with John S. Wright). "Alain Locke: A Comprehensive Bibliography of His Published Writings." Callaloo Nos. 11-13 vol. 4 nos. 1-3 (1981): 175-92. Rpt. in Bulletin of Bibliography 19.2 (1985): 95-104.
    • (with John S. Wright). "Sterling Brown." Callaloo Nos. 14 &15 5.1-2 (1982): 13.
    • "Interview With Amiri Baraka." Minnesota Daily, 21 October 1980: 7.
    • "Ishmael Reed: Modern Mythmaker: An Essay and Interview." Minnesota Daily, 2 April 1979: 12-13.
    • "Language Arts From a Black Perspective." Outreach: Newsletter of Minnesota University's Afro-American Studies Department 2.1 (1976): 4-5.
    • "Teaching Minority Literatures: A Report." Minnesota English Journal 11.1 (1975): 14-16.

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    • The Florida Negro: A Federal Writers' Project Legacy, ed. Gary W. McDonogh, The Journal of American History, September 1994, pp. 780-81.
    • Blues, Ideology, and Afro-American Literature: A Vernacular Theory, by Houston Baker, Jr. South Atlantic Review 52.3 (1987): 141-43.
    • The Sage in Harlem: H.L. Mencken and the Black Writers, by Charles Scruggs. Black American Literature Forum 20.3(1986): 341-44.
    • Arna Bontemps--Langston Hughes Letters: 1925-1967, ed. Charles Nichols. Minnesota Daily, 5 May 1980: 12. Rpt. as "Two Writers Sharing." Callaloo Nos. 11-13, vol. 4, nos. 1-3 (1981): 215-17.
    • When Harlem Was in Vogue, by David Levering Lewis. Minnesota Daily, 21-26 September 1981, sec. 2: 18.
    • "The Birth of a Black New Criticism." Rev. of Afro-American Literature: The Reconstruction of Instruction, eds. Dexter Fisher and Robert Stepto. Callaloo # 7, vol. 2, no. 3 (1979): 111-14.
    • The Collected Poems of Sterling A. Brown, by Sterling A. Brown. Minnesota Daily, 16-20 March 1981: 19, 27.
    • The Correspondence of W.E.B. DuBois, Vol. 3, ed. Herbert Aptheker. Minnesota Daily, 21 July 1980: 8. Rpt. as "A Long and Illustrious Career," in Callaloo Nos. 8-10, vol. 3, nos. 1-3 (1980): 221-24.
    • The Journey Back: Issues in Black Literature and Criticism, by Houston Baker, Jr. Minnesota Daily, 7 July 1980: 6.
    • Chant of Saints: A Gathering of Afro-American Literature, Art, and Scholarship, eds. Michael S. Harper and Robert Stepto and From Behind the Veil: A Study of Afro-American Narrative, by Robert Stepto. Minnesota Daily, 7 April 1980: 9. Rpt. as "Afro-American Literature Reinterpreted," in Callaloo Nos. 8-10, vol. 3, nos. 1-3 (1980): 233-36.
    • Selected Poetry of Amiri Baraka / LeRoi Jones, by Amiri Baraka. Minnesota Daily, 31 March 1980: 16.
    • Amiri Baraka / LeRoi Jones: A Quest for a "Populist Modernism," by Werner Sollors. Minnesota Daily, 11 February 1980: 9.
    • Yardbird Lives, ed. Ishmael Reed. Minnesota Daily, 29 January 1979: 15, 19.
    • Zora Neale Hurston: A Literary Biography, by Robert Hemenway. Minnesota Daily, 30 May 1978: 12, 16.

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