Arna Bontemps

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Birthday
13, 1902
Birthplace
Louisiana
Death Date
Jun 4, 1973 (70)
Birth Sign
Libra
Birthday
13, 1902
Birthplace
Louisiana
Death Date
Jun 4, 1973 (70)

About

Poet and novelist who was active during the Harlem Renaissance and is famous for works such as The Story of the Negro and God Sends Sunday. He also earned great critical acclaim for his 1936 novel Black Thunder.

Before Fame

He studied English and history at California's Pacific Union College. Upon graduation, he accepted a teaching position at New York City's Harlem Academy.

Trivia

His lack of substantial income from his literary career forced him to pursue a master's degree in library science. He subsequently worked in the library of Tennessee's Fisk University.

Family Life

He grew up in the Louisiana home of Charlie Bontemps and Marie Pembrooke Bontemps. With his wife Alberta, he raised six children.

Associated With

He was a friend of fellow Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes. He and Hughes collaborated on a 1932 children's book entitled Popo and Fifina.