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The Richer, the Poorer [Kindle Edition]

Dorothy West
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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).

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Drawing on a career spanning almost 70 years, this selection of fiction and essays provides an overview of the work of one of the enduring figures of the Harlem Renaissance.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

True, West just made waves with her second novel, The Wedding (LJ 12/94)?published 46 years after she debuted with The Living Is Easy?but she is best known for her short stories. This last living member of the Harlem Renaissance here collects all her classic short works and augments them with some autobiographical sketches.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 382 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor (May 12, 2010)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #977,099 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It only looks easy May 23, 2001
Would-be writers would do well to read this collection of seemingly simple stories and sketches. It takes great talent and understanding to write such effortless, fluid prose. Once you've read the short stories, the reminiscences are a fascinating reflection of how an author mines her own life experiences to create art. As well, this pioneer of black literature has painted historical mini-portraits of life for so many people -- some of whom were born to slavery and freed within the author's own lifetime. It's too easy to forget that not so very long ago, black people weren't even considered citizens, but merely property. This is a lovely book, a prime example of elegantly simple writing. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Read July 6, 2000
This collection of short stories were interesting to read.Some were intriguing,others were okay, and some were suspenful.I enjoyed her writing about middle and upper middle class African Americans that are often neglected in popular literature. Some pieces were autobiographical but they span from the 1920s -1980s.Provides the reader with an intereting insight to an African AmericanNew Englander's perspectives but ultimately illustates that we are all part of the human community.This is good reading for a rainy day, a snowy day, or any day!
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2.0 out of 5 stars depressing November 5, 2012
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I was born in the early 30 and life was hard but this book was so depressing that it never had a happy thought life was hard but we always had some happiness not all just down to bad she is so miserable that she never say any goodness of peoples.
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