By Elizabeth McHenry
Forgotten Readers expands our definition of literacy and urges us to consider literature as largely because it was once conceived of within the 19th century. Elizabeth McHenry delves into archival assets, together with the files of prior literary societies and the unpublished writings in their participants. She examines specific literary institutions, together with the Saturday Nighters of Washington, D.C., whose participants incorporated Jean Toomer and Georgia Douglas Johnson. She indicates how black literary societies constructed, their dating to the black press, and the ways in which African American women’s clubs—which flourished through the 1890s—encouraged literary task. In an epilogue, McHenry connects this wealthy culture of African American curiosity in books, examining, and literary dialog to modern literary phenomena corresponding to Oprah Winfrey’s e-book club.
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Forgotten Readers: Recovering the Lost History of African American Literary Societies (a John Hope Franklin Center Book) by Elizabeth McHenry