By Dorothy West
At the heels of the bestseller good fortune of her novel The Wedding, Dorothy West, the final surviving member of the Harlem Renaissance, provides a suite of essays and tales that explore either the realism of lifestyle, and the fantastical, outstanding situations of one woman's existence in a mythic time. Traversing the universal subject matters and conflicts among poverty and prosperity, women and men, and old and young, and compiling writing that spans nearly seventy years, The Richer, The Poorer no longer only affords an exceptional window into the African-American center category, but in addition delves into the richness of expertise of "one of the best writers produced during this kingdom throughout the Roaring Twenties"(Book Page).
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