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Author: Jeffrey C. Stewart Narrator: Bill Andrew Quinn Publisher: Tantor Audio Length: Release Date: May 2019 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781541449732

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In The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke, Jeffrey C. Stewart offers the definitive biography of the father of the Harlem Renaissance, based on the extant primary sources of his life and on interviews with those who knew him personally. He narrates the education of Locke, including his becoming the first African American Rhodes Scholar and earning a PhD in philosophy at Harvard University, and his long career as a professor at Howard University. Locke also received a cosmopolitan, aesthetic education through his travels in continental Europe, where he came to appreciate the beauty of art and experienced a freedom unknown to him in the United States. And yet he became most closely associated with the flowering of black culture in Jazz Age America and his promotion of the literary and artistic work of African Americans as the quintessential creations of American modernism. In the process he looked to Africa to find the proud and beautiful roots of the race. Shifting the discussion of race from politics and economics to the arts, he helped establish the idea that black urban communities could be crucibles of creativity. Stewart explores both Locke's professional and private life, including his relationships with his mother, his friends, and his white patrons, as well as his lifelong search for love as a gay man.

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  • Stewart creates a poignant portrait of a formidable yet flawed genius who navigated the cultural boundaries and barriers of his time . . .

    - Publishers Weekly Starred Review
  • “A vitally important, astonishingly well researched, exhaustive biography…It is difficult to imagine a more able chronicler of Alain Locke’s singular journey than Mr. Stewart.”

    - Wall Street Journal
  • “[The New Negro is] a master class in how to trace the lineage of a biographical subject’s ideas and predilections.”

    - New York Times Book Review
  • “A monumental new biography.”

    - Harvard Magazine
  • “Magisterial…A sweeping biography that gets deep into not just the man, but the movements he supported, resisted, and inspired.”

    - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


  • Winner of the 2018 National Book Award for Nonfiction
  • Finalist for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in Biography/Autobiography
  • Finalist for the 2019 Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction

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About the Narrator

Bill Andrew Quinn is a veteran in the voice-over world. In addition to hundreds of commercials and audiobooks, his many credits include work on The SopranosThe Montel Williams Show, and Showtime at the Apollo, as well as characters for Grand Theft Auto IV and other video games. Totinos, Corona, Lincoln-Mercury, and McDonald’s are among his many television campaign clients.