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20 Bibb, Henry Walton Her first published poem, “Heritage,” appeared in Opportunity in 1923, and she designed the cover for an issue of the Crisis that same year. She became acquainted with many leading figures in the Harlem Renaissance, who encouraged her to continue writing, and she worked briefly with WALLACE THURMAN and Langston Hughes on the failed journal Fire!! , where she earned a scholarship to study art in Paris for a year. She published two short stories, “Tokens” and “Wedding Day,” based on her experiences in Paris, which depicted the lives of African-American expatriates who remained in France following World War I.

Following his retirement from teaching in 1945, Braithwaite moved to Harlem and began work on his Selected Poems, published in 1948, as well as a book on the Brontës. He died in 1962. As an editor and poet, William Stanley Braithwaite created a prolific body of work, including three volumes of poetry, several anthologies of English and American verse, the novel A Fragment Wrenched from the Life of Titus Jabson (1924), a collection of short stories titled Frost on the Green Leaf (1928), and his autobiography, The House under Arcturus, published in 1941.

Bontemps also completed his first novel, Chariot in the Sky, though it was never published. Living in New York City at the height of the Harlem Renaissance, Bontemps became acquainted with many of the leading African-American writers and scholars of the time. He had befriended the poet LANGSTON HUGHES shortly after his arrival in 1924, and the two developed a lifelong friendship that produced numerous literary collaborations. Bontemps also maintained friendships with such notable authors as COUNTEE CULLEN, CLAUDE McKAY, RUDOLPH FISHER, and WALLACE THURMAN, whom he had first met while living in Los Angeles.

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