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Author Harrington, Oliver W. (Oliver Wendell), 1912-1995.

Title Dark laughter : satiric art of Oliver W. Harrington : from the Walter O. Evans collection of African-American art / edited with an introduction by M. Thomas Inge.

Imprint Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, 1993.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe Special Collections Whitehead FD  741.5973 H238d 1993    ---  Lib Use Only
Description xliii, 116 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
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volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages xli-xliii).
Summary It was none other than Langston Hughes who called Oliver Wendell Harrington America's greatest black cartoonist. Yet largely because he chose to live as an expatriate far from the American mainstream, he has been almost entirely overlooked by contemporary historians and scholars of African-American culture. Born in 1912 and a graduate of the Yale School of Fine Arts, he was a prolific contributor of humorous and editorial cartoons to the black press in the 1930s and 1940s, but he achieved fame for his creation of a cartoon panel called Dark Laughter, a satire of Harlem society and featuring Bootsie, a character in the tradition of the wise fool. Bootsie became widely known and loved wherever black newspapers appeared. For airing strong antiracist views Harrington was targeted during the McCarthy era, and in 1951 he was self-exiled in Paris. In 1961 he found himself trapped behind the Berlin Wall, but he chose to remain in East Germany. His powerful political cartoons were published in East German magazines and in the American Communist newspaper The Daily World. He became a favorite among students and intellectuals in the Eastern Bloc. In America he was mainly forgotten. Here, selected from the Walter O. Evans Collection of African-American Art, is an omnibus of Harrington's best cartoons from the past four decades. It highlights his exceptional talent, his potent impact with editorial comment and social criticism, and his deserving of acclaim in his native land.
Subject Harrington, Oliver W. (Oliver Wendell), 1912-1995 -- Themes, motives.
Evans, Walter O. -- Art collections.
Evans, Walter O. (OCoLC)fst00313828
Harrington, Oliver W. (Oliver Wendell), 1912-1995. (OCoLC)fst01729758
African Americans -- Caricatures and cartoons.
Caricatures and cartoons -- Private collections -- United States.
African Americans. (OCoLC)fst00799558
Art -- Private collections. (OCoLC)fst00815314
Caricatures and cartoons -- Private collections. (OCoLC)fst00847540
Themes, motives. (OCoLC)fst01355139
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Indexed Term African Americans Caricatures and cartoons
Art (Drawing and Painting)
Caricatures and cartoons Private collections United States
Evans, Walter O. Art collections
Harrington, Oliver W. Themes, motives
Genre/Form Caricatures and cartoons. (OCoLC)fst01423691
Added Author Inge, M. Thomas.
ISBN 0878056564

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