Alain L. Locke: biography of a philosopher

Book Cover
Average Rating
University of Chicago Press,
Pub. Date:
Alain L. Locke (1886-1954), in his famous 1925 anthology TheNew Negro, declared that “the pulse of the Negro world has begun to beat in Harlem.” Often called the father of the Harlem Renaissance, Locke had his finger directly on that pulse, promoting, influencing, and sparring with such figures as Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Jacob Lawrence, Richmond Barthé, William Grant Still, Booker T. Washington, W. E. B. Du Bois, Ralph Bunche, and John Dewey. The long-awaited first biography of this extraordinarily gifted philosopher and writer, Alain L. Locke narrates the untold story of his profound impact on twentieth-century America’s cultural and intellectual life.  Leonard Harris and Charles Molesworth trace this story through Locke’s Philadelphia upbringing, his undergraduate years at Harvard—where William James helped spark his influential engagement with pragmatism—and his tenure as the first African American Rhodes Scholar. The heart of their narrative illuminates Locke’s heady years in 1920s New York City and his forty-year career at Howard University, where he helped spearhead the adult education movement of the 1930s and wrote on topics ranging from the philosophy of value to the theory of democracy. Harris and Molesworth show that throughout this illustrious career—despite a formal manner that many observers interpreted as elitist or distant—Locke remained a warm and effective teacher and mentor, as well as a fierce champion of literature and art as means of breaking down barriers between communities.  The multifaceted portrait that emerges from this engaging account effectively reclaims Locke’s rightful place in the pantheon of America’s most important minds.
More Details
Also in This Series
More Like This
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID e973d0ca-7418-ed74-693b-ccb7cf5c6317
Grouping Title alain l locke biography of a philosopher
Grouping Author harris leonard
Grouping Category book
Last Grouping Update 2019-07-02 04:48:56AM
Last Indexed 2019-07-21 04:52:27AM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_point_value 0
accelerated_reader_reading_level 0
auth_author2 Molesworth, Charles, 1941-
author Harris, Leonard, 1948-
author2-role Molesworth, Charles,1941-
author_display Harris, Leonard
available_at_arlington Central
collection_arlington Adult Nonfiction
detailed_location_arlington Central Adult Nonfiction
format_arlington Book
format_category_arlington Books
id e973d0ca-7418-ed74-693b-ccb7cf5c6317
isbn 9780226317762
item_details ils:.b13026410|.i13799010|Central Adult Nonfiction|191 LOCKE HARRI|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf|Feb 01, 2018|can||
itype_arlington Hardback
last_indexed 2019-07-21T08:52:27.576Z
lexile_score -1
literary_form Non Fiction
literary_form_full Non Fiction
local_callnumber_arlington 191 LOCKE HARRI
owning_library_arlington Arlington Public Library, Aurora Hills, Central, Cherrydale, Columbia Pike, Connection Crystal City, Detention Center, Glencarlyn, Local History, Plaza, Shirlington, Westover
owning_location_arlington Central
primary_isbn 9780226317762
publishDate 2008
record_details ils:.b13026410|Book|Books||English|University of Chicago Press,|2008.|xiii, 432 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
recordtype grouped_work
Bib IdItem IdGrouped StatusStatusLocally OwnedAvailableHoldableBookableIn Library Use OnlyLibrary OwnedHoldable PTypesBookable PTypesLocal Url
ils:.b13026410 .i13799010 On Shelf On Shelf false true true false false true 9999
subject_facet African American intellectuals -- Biography, African American philosophers -- Biography
title_display Alain L. Locke : biography of a philosopher
title_full Alain L. Locke : biography of a philosopher / Leonard Harris & Charles Molesworth
title_short Alain L. Locke :
title_sub biography of a philosopher