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Countee Cullen

a.k.a. Countee P. Cullen, Countee Leroy Porter

Author Code: ACTC

Born: May 30, 1903 - Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Died: Jan. 9, 1946 - New York City, New York, USA

Cullen's birthplace has been disputed, with Cullen himself giving mixed information claiming Louisville, Kentucky as his official birthplace, but later saying it was New York City. He was unofficially adopted by the Reverend Frederick A. Cullen and his wife Carolyn some time before 1918. He was educated at De Witt Clinton high school, New York University and Harvard University where he received his master's degree in 1926. Already an accomplished poet in his youth, Cullen excelled academically as well. He became a member of the Harlem Renaissance and worked for Opportunity magazine as an assistant editor. He ran a popular column, The Dark Tower while there. In 1928, he married the daughter of W.E.B. DuBois, Yolande, but the marriage ended in divorce in 1930, supposedly brought about by Cullen's rumoured homosexuality. In 1929, Cullen published The Black Christ and Other Poems which was not very successful and was highly criticized. From the 1930s, Cullen's output declined although he published his only novel, One Way to Heaven in 1932 which did receive popularity. From that year until his early death, he taught at Frederick Douglass Junior High School and could name the author James Baldwin among his students. Cullen died from high blood pressure and uremic poisoning. For many years, Cullen's work was out of print, while the works of others such as Langston Hughes received the most interest. Luckily, in recent years there has been a much-needed upsurge in interest in Cullen's work, which includes Color (1925), Tableau (1925), Harlem Wine (1926), Copper Sun (1927), The Ballad of the Brown Girl (1927), Any Human to Another (1934), The Medea and Some Other Poems (1935) and On These I Stand (1947 Posthumous).

eBook Code Title/Sub-Title Pub. Yr Pages File Size Type Download Format Find Printed Copy
ACTC001 Selected Poetry
  Any Human to Another
  To a Brown Boy
  A Brown Girl Dead
  To a Brown Girl
  The Cat
  To Certain Critics
  For A Lady I Know
  For A Poet
  To France
  From the Dark Tower
  Fruit of the Flower
  Harlem Wine
  Heritage
  I Have A Rendezvous With Life
  If You Should Go
  In Memory Of Col. Charles Young
  Incident
  To John Keats, Poet, At Spring Time
  Karenge Ya Marenge
  Lines To My Father
  The Loss of Love
  Medusa
  Only the Polished Skeleton
  Saturday's Child
  Scottsboro, Too, Is Worth Its Song
  She Of The Dancing Feet Sings
  The Shroud of Color
  Simon the Cyrenian Speaks
  Song in Spite of Myself
  Sonnet Dialogue
  Tableau
  That Bright Chimeric Beast
  Thoughts In A Zoo
  Tribute
  Uncle Jim
  The Wind and the Weather
  The Wise
  Yet Do I Marvel
  Youth Sings A Song of Rosebuds
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