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Eric WalrondA Life in the Harlem Renaissance and the Transatlantic Caribbean$
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James Davis

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231157841

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231157841.001.0001

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A Person of Distinction (1926–1929)

A Person of Distinction (1926–1929)

(p.189) 6 A Person of Distinction (1926–1929)
Eric Walrond

James Davis

Columbia University Press

This chapter discusses the latter part of Walrond's life in Harlem, even as it explores the writer's reasons for leaving the United States following the positive reception and success he'd obtained from the publication of his short story collection, Tropic Death. Walrond had plenty of opportunities to advance his career at this stage. He straddled the color line, interpreting developments in African-American culture for white readers and providing a “Negro” perspective on white depictions of his race. Yet Walrond sought to pursue his agenda with another work of fiction—The Big Ditch—by applying for a fellowship that would soon take him abroad.

Keywords:   Harlem, Tropic Death, The Big Ditch, color line, African-American culture

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