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Bontemps, Arna Wendell

Born: 1902 AD
Died: 1973 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Authors

1902 – He was born on the 13th of October in Alexandria, La., U.S.

1923 – He graduated from Pacific Union College, Angwin, California, Bontemps taught in New York.

         – His poetry began to appear in the influential black magazines Opportunity and Crisis.

1931 – His first novel, God Sends Sunday, about a jockey who was good with horses but inadequate with people, is considered the final work of the Harlem Renaissance.

1936-1939 – Bontemps’ next two novels were about slave revolts in Virginia in Black Thunder  and in Haiti in Drums at Dusk.

1943 – He went to Fisk University, Nashville, Tenn., where he served as head librarian for more than two decades.

1973 – He died on the 4th of June in Nashville, Tenn.