1930s

A Lost Novel of the Harlem Renaissance: Richard Bruce Nugent’s Gentleman Jigger

By Darryl Dickson-Carr

Richard Bruce Nugent’s Gentleman Jigger (Da Capo Press, 2008) remains a curious product from the greater Harlem or “New Negro” Renaissance era (ca. 1919–1940). It is also one of the period’s few significant lost novels and best satires, one that only saw publication in 2008 thanks to Nugent’s friend and editor, Thomas Wirth.

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