The Essential Harold Cruse: A Reader by Edited by William Jelani Cobb; Foreword by Stanley Crouch
Publication Date: New York: Palgrave, 2002
The first collection of published and unpublished work by Harold Cruse, one of America's foremost and controversial black writers. In 1967, as the movement for civil rights was turning into a bitter, often violent battle for black power, Harold Cruse's The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual burst onto the scene. It was a lacerating attack on integration, and set the agenda for black cultural, social, and political autonomy. A classic of African American social thought, the book and its author went on to influence generations of activists, artists, and scholars. In this first anthology of Cruse's writing, William Jelani Cobb provides an introduction to Cruse's wide body of work, including published material such as excerpts from Crisis, as well as unpublished essays, speeches, and correspondence.