Bradford, Roark, 1896-1948

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Roark Bradford, novelist, short story writer, and journalist, was born in Lauderdale County, Tenn., where he was raised on a cotton plantation in the Nankipoo-Knob Creek area. In 1924 Bradford moved to New Orleans, La. to take a position at the New Orleans Times-Picayune and in 1926 he devoted himself entirely to writing African-American fiction.

From the description of Roark Bradford letter, 1927. (Louisiana State University). WorldCat record id: 70696868

Roark Bradford was born in 1896 in Tennessee. He moved to New Orleans in 1923, and worked as an editor at the Times-Picayune newspaper from 1924 to 1926. He was a prolific writer of short stories, and widely published in magazines. Many of the stories he wrote used an exaggerated African-American dialect popular at the time; some of his works were dramatized for stage and film, including "Ol' Man Adam and His Chillun'", which became the basis for the 1936 film, The Green Pastures. He served as a consultant to Tulane University's English Dept., 1947-1948. Roark Bradford died in New Orleans on Nov. 13, 1948.

From the description of Roark Bradford papers, 1927-1949 (Tulane University). WorldCat record id: 317411922

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creatorOf Bradford, Roark, 1896-1948. Letter to Professor Munson [manuscript], 1935 December 17. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Ober, Harold, 1881-1959. Correspondence with H. N. Swanson [manuscript], 1942-1951 University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Wilson, James Southall, 1880-1963. Correspondence relating to the Southern Writers Convention sponsored by the "Virginia Quarterly Review" at the University of Virginia, October 23-24, 1931 [manuscript], 1931-1932. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Lewis Gannett papers, 1681-1966 (inclusive) 1900-1960 (bulk). Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
creatorOf Wilson, James Southall, 1880-1963. Papers of James Southall Wilson [manuscript], 1908-1936. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Harris, Corra, 1869-1935. Corra Harris correspondence, 1905-1935. Georgia Newspaper Project
referencedIn Douglas, Judith Hyams, 1875-1955. Judith Hyams Douglas papers, 1897-1955 (bulk 1911-1955). Louisiana State University, LSU Libraries
creatorOf Bradford, Roark, 1896-1948. Roark Bradford letter, 1927. Louisiana State University, LSU Libraries
referencedIn Taylor, Peter, 1917-1994. Peter Taylor letter to Mrs. Bradford, 1963 Oct. 5. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Alexander Woollcott correspondence, ca. 1856-1943 (inclusive), 1920-1943 (bulk). Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
creatorOf Bradford, Roark, 1896-1948. Roark Bradford papers, 1927-1949 Tulane University, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library
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associatedWith Dent, Lucian. person
associatedWith Douglas, Judith Hyams, 1875-1955. person
correspondedWith Gannett, Lewis, 1891-1966 person
associatedWith Harris, Corra, 1869-1935. person
associatedWith Lankes, Julius J., 1884-1960. person
associatedWith Leach, H. C. person
associatedWith Ober, Harold, 1881-1959. person
associatedWith Taylor, Peter, 1917-1994. person
associatedWith Wilson, James Southall, 1880-1963. person
correspondedWith Woollcott, Alexander, 1887-1943 person
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Southern States
New Orleans (La.)
Louisiana--New Orleans
Louisiana
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African Americans in literature and art
African Americans--History--20th century
American literature--20th century
African Americans in literature
Journalists
Authors, American--20th century
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Authors, American--Louisiana
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Birth 1896-08-21

Death 1948-11-13

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