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ENGL.4010: Selected Authors: The Harlem Renaissance

Jacob Lawrence was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in 1917. A painter, illustrator, and educator, he received his early art training at the Utopia Settlement House in Philadelphia. In 1932 he studied with Charles Alston at the Harlem Art Center.

artwork by jacob lawrence african american figures playing pool at several pool tables with lamps hanging over each

Pool Parlor by Jacob Lawrence, 1942, gouache on paper, 31x23" Used under Artstor Terms and Conditions


Required Books (You must purchase all of the books): 


  • Double-Take: A Revisionist Harlem Renaissance Anthology, edited by Venetria K. Patton and Maureen Honey)
  • The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man by James Weldon Johnson (Dover Thrift Edition)
  • Passing by Nella Larsen (Penguin Classic Edition)
  • The Blacker the Berry by Wallace Thurman (Dover Edition)

You may purchase the book online through Amazon, etc. or you may purchase the book at UMass Lowell’s University Crossing Bookstore.