Melvin B. Tolson


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Missouri-born black poet, after graduation from Lincoln University (Pennsylvania) taught at Langston University (Missouri), of whose town he was also the mayor. His works appear as Rendezvous with America (1944); Libretto for the Republic of Liberia (1953), written for the nation's centennial; and Harlem Gallery; Book 1, The Curator (1965), the beginning of a projected, uncompleted epic on blacks in America. He also wrote plays, Black No More (1952) and The Fire in the Flint (1952), adaptations of others' narratives; and Black Boy (1963).

Subjects: Literature.

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