Friday, February 27, 2009

Today in Gay History

February 27th
Happy Birthday
Angelina Weld Grimké (1880-1958)

Noted poet, playwright, writer from the 1900s through the 1920s, Angelina Weld Grimké was the first African American to have a play, Rachel (1916; published in 1920), staged, and her poetry regularly appeared in journals, newspapers, and anthologies during the era now known as the Harlem Renaissance. But Grimké apparently stopped writing by the end of the 1920s, and faded into near obscurity soon thereafter.

Her work was rediscovered in the 1980s and 1990s by lesbian, gay, and bisexual scholars, who recognized that Grimké was attracted to women and men and that her inability to act on these desires both inspired her writing and contributed to her ultimately abandoning it.


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