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The Plays of Georgia Douglas Johnson: From the New Negro Renaissance to the Civil Rights Movement
edited by Judith L. Stephens
introduction by Judith L. Stephens
University of Illinois Press, 2006
Paper: 978-0-252-07333-5 | Cloth: 978-0-252-03092-5
Library of Congress Classification PS3519.O253A6 2006
Dewey Decimal Classification 812.52

This volume collects twelve of Georgia Douglas Johnson's one-act plays, including two never-before-published scripts found in the Library of Congress.  As an integral part of Washington, D.C.'s, thriving turn-of-the-century literary scene, Johnson hosted regular meetings with Harlem Renaissance writers and other artists, including Countee Cullen, Langston Hughes, May Miller, and Jean Toomer, and was herself considered among the finest writers of the time.  Johnson also worked for U.S. government agencies and actively supported women's and minorities' rights.
As a leading authority on Johnson, Judith L. Stephens provides a brief overview of Johnson's career and significance as a playwright; sections on the creative environment in which she worked; her S Street Salon; "The Saturday Nighters," and its significance to the New Negro Theatre; selected photographs; and a discussion of Johnson's genres, themes, and artistic techniques. 
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