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Countee Cullen
Birth: May 30, 1903
Louisville
Jefferson County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Jan. 9, 1946
Harlem
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA

Poet, Author. Born Countee Porter, at age 15 he was unofficially adopted by the Reverend F.A. Cullen, minister of Salem M.E. Church, one of Harlem's largest congregations. Attended Harvard, earning his masters degree in 1926, Cullen quickly became one of the major contributors to the 20's literary movement known as the Harlem Renaissance. (Also known as the "New Negro Movement") He won more major literary prizes than any other black writer of the 1920s: first prize in the Witter Bynner Poetry contest in 1925, Poetry magazine's John Reed Memorial Prize, the Amy Spingarn Award of the Crisis magazine, second prize in Opportunity magazine's first poetry contest, and second prize in the poetry contest of Palms. In addition, he was the second black to win a Guggenheim Fellowship. Cullen was also at the center of one of the major social events of the Harlem Renaissance: On 9 April 1928 he married Yolande Du Bois, only child of W E. B. Du Bois, in one of the most lavish weddings in black New York history. In 1929, Cullen published "The Black Christ And Other Poems" to less than his accustomed glowing reviews. He was bitterly disappointed that "The Black Christ," his longest and in many respects most complicated poem, was considered by most critics and reviewers to be his weakest and least distinguished. For many years after his death, Cullen's reputation was eclipsed by that of other Harlem Renaissance writers, particularly Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston, and his work had gone out of print. In the last few years, however, there has been a resurgence of interest in Cullen's life and work and his writings are being reissued. Cullen collaborated with Arna Bontemps on his novel "Gods Sends Sunday," which later became first a play and then a musical entitled "St. Louis Woman." This production went to Broadway in 1946 and had a successful run. Cullen, unfortunately, died of uremic poisoning a few months before it opened. The 136th Street Branch of The New York Public Library is named in his honor. (bio by: MC) 
 
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Woodlawn Cemetery
Bronx
Bronx County
New York, USA
 
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Record added: May 30, 2004
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