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 The only criticism I would have on these dialect poems is that

your dialect is too complicated for the average person to read,

which would hinder their having a wide appreciation. I think they would

be just as effective if you would limit your dialect to a few words

 

 

Books by Marcus Bruce Christian

Song of the Black Valiants: Marching Tempo / High Ground: A Collection of Poems  / Negro soldiers in the Battle of New Orleans

I am New Orleans: A Poem / Negro Iron Workers of Louisiana: 1718-1900 /  The Liberty Monument

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George Schuyler (1895-1977), born in Providence , Rhode island, enlisted with the United States Army in 1912 and worked his way to the rank of lieutenant. After the First World War Schuyler moved to New York City where he worked as a laborer and later as a journalist on The Messenger in 1923. For awhile a member of the socialist Party, Schuyler contributed to a wide variety of radical journals including Opportunity, Crisis, and Nation. George Schuyler Critique of Black Letters

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Letters from the

Archives of Marcus Bruce Christian

From & To Friends, Colleagues, & Wife

 

Table of Contents

Introduction 

Letter 1 -- Langston Hughes Comments on Christian's Blues Poems

Letter 2 -- Christian Responds to Criticism of Elmer A. Carter, Editor

Letter 3 -- Elmer A. Carter on Christian's "McDonough Day in New Orleans"

Letter 4 --  Elmer A. Carter on Christian's "Men  on Horseback"

Letter 5 -- Christian to Lyle Saxon on "Clothes Doctor" Manuscript

Letter 6 -- Lyle Saxon Comments on Christian's "Men on Horseback" & Other Poems

Letter 7 -- Lyle Saxon Sends Christian a Letter of Employment for Dillard Project

Letter 8 -- Lyle Saxon to Houghton Mifflin Requests Fellowship or Publication

Letter 9 -- Paul Brooks of Houghton Mifflin Gives Christian the Brush Off

Letter 10- Christian Complains about George Schuyler Critique of Black Letters

Letter 11 -- George Schuyler Responds to Christian's Critique of Editorial

Letter 12 -- George Schuyler and Christian after Critiques, Exchange Gifts

Letter 13 -- George Schuyler Agrees To Review Saxon's Children of Strangers

Letter 14 -- Christian Receives a Thank-You from Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt

Letter 15 -- Elmer Anderson Sends "Men on Horseback" to W.C. Handy 

Letter 16 -- Sterling Brown Requests Historical Material on New Orleans 

Letter 17 -- Dr. Carter G. Woodson's Office Responds to Christian  

Letter 18-- Sterling Brown Gives Christian an Assignment  

Letter 19 -- Sterling Brown Thanks Christian for History Material   

Letter 20 -- Irene Douglass Crosses the Color Line  

Letter 21 -- Christian Proposes to Albert Dent a Dillard University Press

Letter 22 -- Arna Bontemps Advises Christian on a Rosenwald Fellowship  

Letter 23 -- Lyle Saxon Leaves Dillard WPA Negro History Material  

Letter 24 -- Albert Dent Outlines Christian Duties for Dillard WPA Project  

Letter 25 -- Arna Bontemps Acknowledges Documents from Christian  

Letter 26 -- Dent Complains to Quarles of Christian's Progress on WPA Project  

Letter 27 -- Christian Reports to Quarles on War Information Center  

Letter 28 -- Rosenwald Fund Notifies Christian of Fellowship  

Letter 29 -- Christian Accepts Rosenwald Fellowship  

Letter 30 -- Ruth [MBC's wife] Enjoys Negro life in Chicago

Letter 31 -- Christian's Cool Answer to Ruth's Chicago Letter

Letter 32 -- Ruth Lonely for Christian--Chicago Wears Thin  

Letter 33 -- Christian Considers Reconciliation with Wife Ruth  

Letter 34 -- Ruth Warm Again on Life in Chicago--Her View of Their Separation  

Letter 35 -- Ruth Unhappy with Christian's Lack of Response  

Letter 36 -- Christian Plans Resignation from Dillard--WWII Ends  

Letter 37 -- Ruth Anxious about War's End & Job Lay-Off -- Plans Return to Louisiana

The Good Ship BlunderBuss

Affectionately dedicated to the Dillard University

History Group of the Federal Writer's Project

By Marcus Bruce Christian

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Books by Lyle Saxon

 

Fabulous New Orleans Gumbo Ya-Ya Lafitte the Pirate Children of Strangers Father Mississippi  / Old Louisiana

 

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Memories of Marcus B. Christian (CainsChristian's BioBibliographical Record    Introduction to I AM NEW ORLEANS 

A Theory of a Black Aesthetic   Magpies, Goddesses, & Black Male Identity

Activist Works on Next Level of Change   Intro to I Am New Orleans   Letter from Dillard University

A Labor of Genuine Love  Letter of Gift of Photos   Letters from LSU and Skip Gates

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Negro Iron Workers of Louisiana: 1718-1900

By Marcus Bruce Christian

 

Study of the blacksmith tradition and New Orleans famous lace balconies and fences.

Acclaimed during his life as the unofficial poet laureate of the New Orleans African-American community, Marcus Christian recorded a distinguished career as historian, journalist, and literary scholar. He was a contributor to Pelican's Gumbo Ya Ya, and also wrote many articles that appeared in numerous newspapers, journals, and general-interest publications.

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Marcus Bruce Christian

Selected Diary Notes / Selected Poems  / Selected Letters

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Profiles on Marcus Bruce Christian and the Federal Writers Project

Bryan, Violet Harrington. The Myth of New Orleans in Literature. Knoxville: University of Tennessee, 1993.

Clayton, Ronnie W. “The Federal Writers Project for Blacks in Louisiana.” Louisiana History 19(1978): 327-335.

Dent, Tom. “Marcus B. Christian: A Reminiscence and an Appreciation.Black American Literature Forum, 1984, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp. 22-26.

Hessler, Marilyn S. “Marcus Christian: The Man and His Collection.” Louisiana History 1 (1987):37-55.

Johnson, Jerah. “Marcus B. Christian and the WPA History of Black People in Louisiana.” Louisiana History 20.1 (1979): 113-115.

Larson, Susan. “Poems in the Key of Life.” Times-Picayune (Book Section), July 4, 1999.

Lewis, Rudolph. “Introduction.” I Am New Orleans and Other Poems by Marcus Bruce Christian. Edited by Rudolph Lewis and Amin Sharif. New Orleans: Xavier Review Press, 1999. Reprinted in revised form in Dillard Today 2.3 (2000): 21-24.

Lewis, Rudolph. “Magpies, Goddesses, & Black Male Identity in the Romantic Poetry of Marcus Bruce Christian.” Paper presented at College Language Association, April 2000, Baltimore, MD.

Lewis, Rudolph. “Marcus Bruce Christian and a Theory of a Black Aesthetic.” Paper presented at the Zora Neale Hurston Society Conference held June 1999 at University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Published in ZNHS FORUM (Spring 2000).

Peterson, Betsy. “Marcus Christian: Portrait of a Poet.” Dixie 18 (January 1970).

Redding, Joan. “The Dillard Project: The Black Unit of the Louisiana Writers’ Project.” Louisiana History 32.1 (1991): 47-62

Source: Wikipedia

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