Bonner, Marita, 1898-1971

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Writer, teacher, and composer. Marita Bonner was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts, June 16, 1898. She was educated at Radcliffe College (A.B. 1922); she published plays, essays, and short fiction in The Crisis and Opportunity including two prize-winning essays: "On Being Young-A Woman-and Colored" (1925) and "Drab Rambles" (1927); also one-act modernist plays "The Purple Flower" (1928) and "Exit, an Illusion" (1929). She won the Wanamaker music prize for Negro Music in 1927. Taught school from 1922 to 1931, and again 1944-45, 1950-63. She married William Almy Occomy in 1930. They had three children (William Almy, Warwick Gale, and Marita Joyce).

From the description of Papers, 1940-1986 (inclusive). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 232007039

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Birth 1898-01-28

Death 1971



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