BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY Jessie Redmon Fauset
|Jessie Redmon Fauset|
|Born||April 27, 1882|
Camden County, New Jersey
|Died||April 30, 1961 (aged 79)|
Life and work
Literary editor at The Crisis
- Fauset's first novel, There is Confusion, was praised widely upon release, especially within the pages of The Crisis. This novel traces the family histories of Joanna Mitchell and Peter Bye, who must each come to terms with the baggage of their racial histories.
- Published in 1923, her second novel Plum Bun has warranted the most critical attention. Plum Bun centers on the theme of "passing". The protagonist, Angela Murray, eventually reclaims her African American identity after spending much of the novel passing for white.
- Fauset's third novel, The Chinaberry Tree, has largely been ignored critically. Set in New Jersey, this novel explores the longing for "respectability" among the contemporary African-American middle class. The protagonist Laurentine seeks to overcome her "bad blood" through marriage to a "decent" man. Ultimately, Laurentine must redefine "respectable" as she finds her own sense of identity.
- Fauset's last novel Comedy, American Style, explores the destructive power of "color mania" The protagonist's mother Olivia ultimately brings about the downfall of the other characters due to her own internalized racism.
- There Is Confusion (novel, 1924) (ISBN 1-55553-066-4)
- Plum Bun: A Novel Without a Moral (novel, 1928) (a further study of the passing phenomenon; ISBN 0-8070-0919-9)
- The Chinaberry Tree: A Novel of American Life (novel, 1931) (ISBN 1-55553-207-1)
- Comedy, American Style (novel, 1933)
- "Rondeau." The Crisis. April 1912: 252.
- "La Vie C'est La Vie." The Crisis. July 1922: 124.
- "'Courage!' He Said." The Crisis. November 1929: 378
- "Emmy," The Crisis. December 1912: 79-87; January 1913: 134-142.
- "My House and a Glimpse of My Life Therein," The Crisis. July 1914: 143-145.
- "Double Trouble," The Crisis. August 1923: 155-159; September 1923: 205-209.
- "Impressions of the Second Pan-African Congress", The Crisis. November 1921: 12-18.
- "What Europe Thought of the Pan-African Congress." The Crisis. December 1921: 60-69.