from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Bontemps, Arna Wendell 1902-1973. American writer whose works of poetry, history, and fiction, such as God Sends Sunday and Black Thunder, established him as a leading figure of the Harlem Renaissance.

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  • n. United States writer (1902-1973)


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  • Every character is as hot as the Bontemps climate.

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  • Depictions of what was mostly good about African-American life in the early 20th century were no doubt appreciated by strollers in those enchanted avenues recalled by Bontemps represented by the only historical novel here, "Black Thunder," about Gabriel Prosser's 1800 slave revolt, but as contemporaries of Joyce, Hemingway and, most pertinently, Faulkner, the Harlem writers might have raised a more modern flag.

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  • Harlem in the autumn of 1924 offered a "foretaste of paradise," according to the novelist Arna Bontemps.

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  • Library of Congress Arna Bontemps Any rebirth is bound to be bloody, and perhaps the better for it.

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  • He was recalling the dawn of the Harlem Renaissance and was perhaps a little dazzled in retrospect—Bontemps was writing in 1965—by his memories of "strings of fairy lights" illuminating the uptown "broad avenues" at dusk.

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  • Yet even some of Bontemps's contemporaries found little to celebrate.

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  • The riveting descriptions of U.S. diplomats make the presidential “family” sound like True Blood’s vampires overpowering Bontemps, Louisiana.

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  • Inside scoop: 2004 world champion Bontemps will look to keep his No. 1 ranking.

  • And I would like to honor the memory of Arna Bontemps, who advised me, years ago at Yale University, on the Harlem Renaissance for my senior honors thesis—and who inspired me to further explore African-American history and literature.

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  • Mme. Bontemps could not help looking across at her husband whose comment was:

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