The Sage of Sugar Hill

George S. Schuyler and the Harlem Renaissance
Author(s): 
Ferguson, Jeffrey B.
ISBN: 
0300109016
Date published: 
November 2005
Hardback
Price: 
£22.50
Pages: 
320

This book is the first to focus on the life and early career of George Schuyler, one of the most important intellectuals of the Harlem Renaissance. A popular journalist in black America, Schuyler wielded a sharp, double-edged wit to attack the foibles of both blacks and whites throughout the 1920s. Jeffrey Ferguson presents a new understanding of Schuyler as public intellectual while also offering insights into the relations between race and satire during a formative period of African-American cultural history.

Ferguson discusses Schuyler’s controversial career and reputation and examines the paradoxical ideas at the centre of his message. The author also addresses Schuyler’s drift toward the political right in his later years and how this has affected his legacy