The Richer, the Poorer (Paperback)

By Dorothy West

Anchor Books, 9780385471466, 272pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 1996



On the heels of the bestseller success of her novel "The Wedding," Dorothy West, the last surviving member of the Harlem Renaissance, presents a collection of essays and stories that explore both the realism of everyday life, and the fantastical, extraordinary circumstances of one woman's life in a mythic time. Traversing the universal themes and conflicts between poverty and prosperity, men and women, and young and old, and compiling writing that spans almost seventy years, "The Richer, The Poorer" not only affords an unparalleled window into the African-American middle class, but also delves into the richness of experience of "one of the finest writers produced in this country during the Roaring Twenties"("Book Page").

About the Author

Dorothy West founded the Harlem Renaissance literary magazine "Challenge" in 1934, and "New Challenge" in 1937, with Richard Wright as her associate editor. She was a welfare investigator and WPA relief worker in Harlem during the Depression. Her first novel, "The Living Is Easy," appeared in 1948 and remains in print. Her second novel, "The Wedding," was a national bestseller and literary landmark when published in the winter of 1995. A collection of her stories and autobiographical essays, "The Richer, The Poorer," appeared during the summer of 1995. She died in August 1998, at the age of 91.

Praise For The Richer, the Poorer

"West writes like a social historian,  capturing significant moments that seem to alter  lives forever or change nothing at  all."--Los Angeles  Times

"Unforced perfection . . . beautifully cadenced.  West has shown the power of what is left  unspoken."--Chicago  Tribune

"Dorothy West is an epic  storyteller."--Quarterly Black Review of Books