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By Cherene Sherrard-Johnson

Dorothy West is better often called one of many youngest writers desirous about the Harlem Renaissance. to that end, her paintings is learn as a made of the city aesthetics of this creative circulate. yet West used to be additionally in detail rooted in a really diverse milieu—Oak Bluffs, an specific retreat for African american citizens on Martha’s winery. She performed an vital function within the improvement and renovation of that group. within the years among publishing her novels, 1948’s The dwelling is Easy and the 1995 bestseller The Wedding, she labored as a columnist for the winery Gazette.

Dorothy West’s Paradise captures the scope of the author’s lengthy existence and occupation, examining it along the original cultural geography of Oak Bluffs and its background as an elite African American enclave—a position that West predicted either as a separatist shelter and as an area for interracial touch. a necessary e-book for either fanatics of West’s fiction and scholars of race, category, and American women’s lives, Dorothy West’s Paradise bargains an intimate biography of a big writer and a privileged glimpse into the society that formed her work.

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