Arna Bontemps was a prolific writer of African American histories, biographies, and children’s books, as well as an editor and anthologist. His best known adult novel is Black Thunder (1936). He and Countée Cullen adapted Bontemps’s first novel, God Sends Sunday (1931), as a Broadway musical, St. Louis Woman (pr. 1946). His poetry collection, Personals, appeared in 1963.