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The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist MagazinesVolume II: North America 1894-1960$
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Peter Brooker and Andrew Thacker

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199545810

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199545810.001.0001

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‘Devoted to Younger Negro Artists’

‘Devoted to Younger Negro Artists’

Fire!! (1926) and Harlem (1928)

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The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines

Martha Nadell

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the histories of Fire!! and Harlem. Fire!!, which lasted for one issue, sought to épater the white and black bourgeoisie and did so in provocative stories by Wallace Thurman, Richard Bruce Nugent, and Gwendolyn Bennett on, in turn, a promiscuous young black girl, a gay relationship, and a failed relationship between a black boxer and white prostitute. Despite, or because of, Fire!'s failure, Thurman was determined to start another magazine — a more general magazine, he said, which would be more balanced and moderate. But the result Harlem: A Forum of Negro Life, was a masquerade, which effectively smuggled in a second issue of Fire!! behind its supposed generalist aims and more conventional layout.

Keywords:   Harlem Renaissance, American magazine, African American magazine, periodical, Wallace Thurman, bourgeoisie

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