Table of Contents
   List of Illustrationsp. ix
   Acknowledgmentsp. xi
   Introduction: Irredeemable Promise: The Bittersweet Career of J. Saunders Reddingp. 1
   Three Swinging Sisters: Harlem, Howard, and the South Side (1934-1936)p. 15
   The Black Avant-Garde between Left and Right (1935-1939)p. 42
   A New Kind of Challenge (1936-1939)p. 68
   The Triumph of Chicago Realism (1938-1940)p. 93
   Bigger Thomas among the Liberals (1940-1943)p. 123
   Friends in Need of Negroes: Bucklin Moon and Thomas Sancton (1942-1945)p. 149
   "Beating That Boy": White Writers, Critics, Editors, and the Liberal Arts Coalition (1944-1949)p. 178
   Afroliberals and the End of World War II (1945-1946)p. 196
   Black Futilitarianists and the Welcome Table (1945-1947)p. 219
   The Peril of Something New, or, the Decline of Social Realism (1947-1948)p. 258
   The Negro New Liberal Critic and the Big Little Magazine (1948-1949)p. 275
   The Communist Dream of African American Modernism (1947-1950)p. 297
   The Insinuating Poetics of the Mainstream (1949-1950)p. 323
   Still Looking for Freedom (1949-1954)p. 342
   The Expatriation: The Price of Brown and the New Bohemians (1952-1955)p. 379
   Liberal Friends No More: The Rubble of White Patronage (1956-1958)p. 411
   The End of the Negro Writer (1955-1960)p. 444
   The Reformation of Black New Liberals (1958-1960)p. 470
   Prometheus Unbound (1958-1960)p. 485
   Notesp. 511
   Indexp. 559