A Bio-Bibliography of Countee P. Cullen, 1903-1946 by Margaret Perry

By Margaret Perry

A protracted essay on ''The guy and His Poetry'' plus large bibliography of Cullen's significant writings, writings approximately Cullen, together with newspaper references, and poetry anthologies within which Cullen's paintings seemed.

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For Cullen, then, the racial problem was always there, even when one was thinking of odes by Keats, and he was impelled—in spite of everything I can do10—to write about this subject. This was the cause of much weakness in his writing, as well as some strength; for there are poems about race which have an emotional intensity that most of his white peers could not have matched. In reading the poetry of Countee Cullen, one is often thrust back into the mid-nineteenth-century atmosphere with its romantic outbursts about love and death and nature; and his poetic vocabulary is often reminiscent of Keats 28 THE POETRY OF CULLEN and Tennyson.

4. Crisis 23 (March 1922):219. 5. The Magpie 20 (November 1920) :25. 6. Irving Kahn to the author, 3 June 1969. 7. New York Times, 2 December 1923, sec. 2, p. 1. 8. Countee Cullen to Harold Jackman, 1 July 1923, Beinecke Library, Yale University. 9. Cullen to Jackman, 25 August 1923, Beinecke Library, Yale University. 10. Boston Chronicle, 30 May 1925, p. 1. 11. New York Evening World, 1 June 1925, no page number. 12. Cullen to Carl Van Vechten, 1 October 1925, Beinecke Library, Yale University.

Perhaps when you get down [to Pleasantville, N. , where the Cullens had a summer home] I may make some progress under your tutelage. " 19 But Cullen was a loyal friend even though, smitten as he was with young Miss DuBois, it must have been a difficult stance. In another letter to Jackman eight days later he wrote: "Yolande DuBois and I were out driving Thursday evening and I had an opportunity to study her at close range. My delight in her increased fourfold. What she lacks in beauty is compensated for her by her naive 9 THE MAN AND HIS POETRY frankness.

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