The Richer, the Poorer (Paperback)

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On the heels of the bestseller success of her  novel The Wedding, Dorothy West,  the last surviving member of the Harlem  Renaissance, presents a collection of essays and stories that  explore both the realism of everyday life, and the  fantastical, extraordinary circumstances of one  woman's life in a mythic time. Traversing the  universal themes and conflicts between poverty and  prosperity, men and women, and young and old, and  compiling writing that spans almost seventy years,  The Richer, The Poorer not only  affords an unparalleled window into the  African-American middle class, but also delves into the  richness of experience of "one of the finest writers  produced in this country during the Roaring  Twenties"(Book Page).

About the Author

Dorothy West founded the Harlem Renaissance literary magazine "Challenge" in 1934, and "New Challenge" in 1937, with Richard Wright as her associate editor. She was a welfare investigator and WPA relief worker in Harlem during the Depression. Her first novel, "The Living Is Easy," appeared in 1948 and remains in print. Her second novel, "The Wedding," was a national bestseller and literary landmark when published in the winter of 1995. A collection of her stories and autobiographical essays, "The Richer, The Poorer," appeared during the summer of 1995. She died in August 1998, at the age of 91.

Praise For…

"West writes like a social historian,  capturing significant moments that seem to alter  lives forever or change nothing at  all."--Los Angeles  Times

"Unforced perfection . . . beautifully cadenced.  West has shown the power of what is left  unspoken."--Chicago  Tribune

"Dorothy West is an epic  storyteller."--Quarterly Black Review of Books

Product Details
ISBN: 9780385471466
ISBN-10: 0385471467
Publisher: Anchor Books
Publication Date: June 1996
Pages: 272
Language: English