Brown University

The Tastemaker: Carl Van Vechten and the Birth of Modern America

by Edward White
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, February 2014   ISBN: 978-037420157-9
Price: $30.00

One of Library Journal's Four Essential Non-fiction Picks for February

"Appreciating modernism in the early 20th century American requires appreciating Carl Van Vechten, a photographer, a novelist, and, above all, a cultural champion who introduced Gertrude Stein to Americans, supported the Harlem Renaissance, and befriended luminaries like Langston Hughes and F. Scott Fitzgerald. White...should offer a fresh take on this key figure...capturing both his accomplishments and his dark-edged experiences in Jazz Age New York."--Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal

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