Sterling Allen Brown Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Poetry Criticism)


Pinckney, Darryl. “The Last New Negro.” New York Review of Books 36, no. 4 (16 March 1989): 14-16.

Overview of Brown's life and career.


Benson, Kimberly W. “Sterling Brown's After-Song.” Callaloo 5, nos. 1-2 (February-May 1982): 33-42.

Contends that “When De Saints Go Ma'ching Home” “both explicates and stages the model of authentic expression which constitutes the touchstone of Brown's subtle poetics.”

Collins, Michael. “Risk, Envy and Fear in Sterling Brown's Georgics.” Callaloo 21, no. 4 (fall 1998): 950-67.

Compares Brown's poetry to Virgil's Georgics and investigates the roles of risk and fear in Brown's verse.

Henderson, Stephen E. “The Heavy Blues of Sterling Brown: A Study of Craft and Tradition.” Black American Literature Forum 14, no. 1 (spring 1980): 32-44.

Discusses the influence of the blues tradition on Brown's poetry.

O'Meally, Robert G. “‘Game to the Heart’: Sterling Brown and the Badman.” Callaloo 5, nos. 1-2 (February-May 1982): 43-54.

Examines the image of the black badman in Brown's poetry.

Skinner, Beverly. “Sterling Brown's Poetic Ethnography: A Black and Blues Ontology.” Callaloo 21, no. 4 (fall 1998): 998-1011.

Explores the impact of Brown's field research, literary criticism, and social commentary on his verse.

Smethurst, James Edward. “‘The Strong Men Gittin' Stronger’: Sterling Brown and the Representation and Re-creation of the Southern Folk Voice.” In The New Red Negro: The Literary Left and African-American Poetry 1930-1946, pp. 60-92. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.

Places Brown's poetics within the political and cultural events of the 1930s and 1940s and contrasts his work with that of Langston Hughes.

Additional coverage of Brown's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: African American Writers, Eds. 1, 2; Black Literature Criticism, Ed. 1; Black Writers, Eds. 1, 3; Contemporary Authors, Vols. 85-88; Contemporary Authors New Revision Series, Vol. 26; Contemporary Authors—Obituary, Vol. 127; Contemporary Literary Criticism, Vols. 1, 23, 59; Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vols. 48, 51, 63; DISCovering Authors 3.0; DISCovering Authors Modules:Multicultural Authors and Poets; Harlem Renaissance: A Gale Critical Companion, Ed. 2; Literature Resource Center; Major 20th-Century Writers, Eds. 1, 2; Reference Guide to American Literature, Ed. 4; and World Poets.