Infants of the Spring (Black Classics) Paperback – 3 Nov 1998
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About the Author
Wallace Thurman is the author of "Harlem, " a play, and two other novels, "Infants of the Spring" and "Interne." He died in 1934.
Amritjit Singh is a professor of English and African American studies at Ohio University. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Centered among these images is Raymond Taylor, a cynical budding writer in search of his voice among the many influences of the period: alcohol, women, white patronage, and lofty black artists. Thurman uses these four influences to round out a number of characters as they try to create a community of artists in a building termed "Niggerati Manor." Bent on creating a cornerstone for artistic fervor and the defining of a period, what comes to pass is a falling apart of those initial ideals. As a result, the artists fall into pleasure seeking instead of production; drinking their lives away instead of making their statements about race and art.
Infants of the Spring falls short in its dealing with racial and gender issues. Often times themes are brought to the fore by Thurman and as quickly dropped to the way side in the turning of a few pages. Shortened chapters intensifies the "image" idea, and in these images Thurman fails to examine the repercussions of actions. A woman's abortion is brushed aside. A rape and the fate of the accused is nearly forgotten. Art, the main reason these individuals are together, is replaced by parties and drinking.Read more ›
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Yes, the text is often clumsy, but the dialogue is sterling. So this is really what the Harlem Renaissance was about? I wish I could have been there. There are so many memorable characters in this book, and they all are real and possess unique personalities. Even the minor characters are fleshed out.
Buy this book and read it. You won't regret it. After reading it, I have only one question: Why isn't Thurman's third novel, INTERNE, available? I can't think of any author to whom to compare Thurman. His dialogue reminds me a bit of Hemingway, but not really. Reading Thurman is a unique experience!
Obviously based on facts, with names changed to protect the innocent, there is a truth to this novel that more than compensates for any writing flaws. This novel, more than Blacker the Berry, gives insight into the minds of the creative, genius, and often times tortured minds of those leading the renaisance.
I would reccomend this novel to anyone wishing to learn more about the details of life in Harlem during the 20's.