American novelist who was active during the Harlem Renaissance and wrote about the discrimination that blacks faced at this time in history.
He wrote his first novel at age ten.
He wrote to show the real lives of African Americans, revealing both the good sides and the bad.
His wife Louise Thompson divorced him, after claiming he was a closeted homosexual.
He challenged some African American bourgeoisie like W.E.B. DuBois in writing because he did not agree with their views.