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Carl Van Vechten

Photographic self-portrait by Carl Van Vechten, taken in 1939
Born June 17, 1880
Flag of the United States Cedar Rapids, Iowa, U.S.A
Died December 21, 1964 (age 84)
Flag of the United States New York, New York, U.S.A

Carl Van Vechten (June 17, 1880December 21, 1964) was an American writer and photographer who was a patron of the Harlem Renaissance and the literary executor of Gertrude Stein. Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Download high resolution version (1500x1875, 827 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... is the 168th day of the year (169th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1880 (MDCCCLXXX) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Tuesday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Nickname: Location in the State of Iowa Coordinates: , Country United States State Iowa County Linn County Incorporated 1849 Government  - Mayor Kay Halloran Area  - City  64. ... Official language(s) English Capital Des Moines Largest city Des Moines Area  Ranked 26th  - Total 56,272 sq mi (145,743 km²)  - Width 310 miles (500 km)  - Length 199 miles (320 km)  - % water 0. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... December 21 is the 355th day of the year (356th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... “NY” redirects here. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... is the 168th day of the year (169th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1880 (MDCCCLXXX) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Tuesday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... December 21 is the 355th day of the year (356th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... A writer is anyone who creates a written work, although the word more usually designates those who write creatively or professionally, or those who have written in many different forms. ... This is a list of notable photographers in the art, documentary and fashion traditions. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... A literary executor is a person with decision-making power in respect of the literary estate of an author who has died. ... Gertrude Stein (February 3, 1874 – July 29, 1946) was an American writer and catalyst in the development of modern art and literature, who spent most of her life in France. ...

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Biography

Born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, he graduated from Washington High School (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) in 1898, and later the University of Chicago in 1903. In 1906, he moved to New York City. He was hired as the assistant music critic at the New York Times. His interest in opera had him take a leave of absence from the paper in 1907, to travel to Europe to explore opera. While in England he married his long time friend from Cedar Rapids, Anna Snyder. He returned to his job at the New York Times in 1909 and then became the first American critic of modern dance. At that time, Isadora Duncan, Anna Pavlova, and Loie Fuller were performing in New York City. The marriage to Anna Snyder ended in divorce in 1912 and he wed actress Fania Marinoff in 1914. Nickname: Location in the State of Iowa Coordinates: , Country United States State Iowa County Linn County Incorporated 1849 Government  - Mayor Kay Halloran Area  - City  64. ... Washington High School is a public high school in Cedar Rapids, Iowa Mission Statement The mission at Washington High School, in partnership with families, is to provide a safe and orderly climate in which students may strive for academic excellence, participate in a variety of co-curricular activities, and celebrate... The University of Chicago is a private university located principally in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. ... 1900 (MCMIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a common year starting on Friday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... The New York Times is an internationally known daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed in the United States and many other nations worldwide. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Cedar Rapids is the name of some places in the United States of America: Cedar Rapids, Iowa Cedar Rapids, Nebraska This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Modern dance is a dance form developed in the early 20th century. ... Isadora Duncan Isadora Duncan (May 27, 1877 – September 14, 1927) was an American dancer. ... Photographic postcard of Anna Pavlova as Aspicia in The Pharoahs Daughter, circa 1910 Anna Pavlova as Nikiya in the Grand Pas Classique of the Shades from Act III of La Bayadere, circa 1902 Anna Pavlova is also the name of an Olympic gymnast. ... Loie Fuller (Marie Louise Fuller) (January 15, 1862 to January 1, 1928) was a pioneer of both modern dance and theatrical lighting techniques. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Fania Marinoff (20 March 1890 - 17 November 1971) was a Russian actor. ...


Several books of Van Vechten's essays on various subjects such as music and literature were published between 1915 and 1920. Between 1922 and 1930 Knopf published seven novels by Van Vechten, starting with Peter Whiffle: His Life and Works and ending with Parties. See also: 1921 in literature, other events of 1922, 1923 in literature, list of years in literature. ... See also: 1929 in literature, other events of 1930, 1931 in literature, list of years in literature. ... Alfred A. Knopf ( September 12, 1892 – August 11, 1984) was a leading American publisher of the 20th century. ...


Van Vechten was interested in black writers and artists, and knew and promoted many of the major figures of the Harlem Renaissance, including Langston Hughes, Richard Wright, and Wallace Thurman. Van Vechten's controversial novel Nigger Heaven was published in 1926. An essay of his entitled "Negro Blues Singers" was published in Vanity Fair in 1926. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Langston Hughes (February 1, 1902 – May 22, 1967) was an American poet, novelist, playwright, short story writer, and newspaper columnist. ... Richard Wright (September 4, 1908 – November 28, 1960) was an American author of novels, short stories and non-fiction. ... Wallace Henry Thurman (1902-1934) was an African American novelist during the Harlem Renaissance. ... Nigger Heaven (1926) is a book by Carl Van Vechten (1880-1964) set during the Harlem Renaissance in the United States in the 1920s. ... See also: 1925 in literature, other events of 1926, 1927 in literature, list of years in literature. ... American actress Demi Moore, on a typical Vanity Fair cover (August, 1991) Vanity Fair is a glossy American glamour magazine monthly that offers a mixture of articles based on sensational exaggerations, jet-set and entertainment-business personalities, politics, and lies. ...


In the 1930s, Van Vechten began taking portrait photographs. Among the many individuals he photographed were Gertrude Stein, Anna May Wong, Jane Bowles, Mahalia Jackson, W. Somerset Maugham, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Bessie Smith, Paul Cadmus, Marc Chagall, Horst P. Horst, Georgia O'Keeffe, Gore Vidal, Sidney Lumet, Marlon Brando, Orson Welles, Norman Mailer, Evelyn Waugh, Adele Addison, Erskine Caldwell, Ella Fitzgerald, Alfred Stieglitz, Truman Capote, Billie Holiday, Lin Yutang, Cesar Romero, Tallulah Bankhead and Sir Laurence Olivier. Gertrude Stein (February 3, 1874 – July 29, 1946) was an American writer and catalyst in the development of modern art and literature, who spent most of her life in France. ... Jane Bowles, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1951 Jane Bowles, born Jane Auer (February 22, 1917 – May 4, 1973), was an American writer and playwright. ... Mahalia Jackson (October 26, 1911[1] – January 27, 1972) was an American gospel singer, widely regarded as the best in the history of the genre. ... W. Somerset Maugham as photographed in 1934 by Carl Van Vechten. ... Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (September 24, 1896 – December 21, 1940) was an American Jazz Age author of novels and short stories. ... This article includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... Paul Cadmus photo taken by Carl Van Vechten, 1937 Paul Cadmus (December 17, 1904 - December 12, 1999) was an artist born in New York City. ... Marc Chagall as photographed in 1941 by Carl Van Vechten. ... Horst P. Horst, born Horst Paul Albert Bohrmann, (August 14, 1906 - November 18, 1999) was a photographer best known for his photographs of women and fashion taken while working for Vogue. ... Georgia Totto OKeeffe (November 15, 1887—March 6, 1986) was an American artist. ... Eugene Luther Gore Vidal (born October 3, 1925) (pronounced , occasionally , , etc) is an American author of novels, stage plays, screenplays, and essays. ... Portrait of Sidney Lumet, May 7, 1939. ... Marlon Brando, Jr. ... This article includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... Norman Mailer, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1948 Norman Kingsley Mailer (born January 31, 1923) is an American novelist, journalist, playwright, screenwriter and film director. ... Evelyn Waugh, as photographed in 1940 by Carl Van Vechten Arthur Evelyn St. ... Categories: Musician stubs | 1925 births | Sopranos ... Erskine Caldwell photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1938 Erskine Preston Caldwell (December 17, 1903-April 11, 1987) was an American author born in a house in the woods outside Moreland, Georgia in Coweta County. ... Ella Fitzgerald (April 25, 1917 – June 15, 1996), also known as Lady Ella and the First Lady of Song, is considered one of the most influential jazz vocalists of the 20th Century. ... Alfred Stieglitz (January 1, 1864 – July 13, 1946) was an American-born photographer who was instrumental over his fifty-year career in making photography an acceptable art form alongside painting and sculpture. ... Truman Capote (pronounced ) (30 September 1924 – 25 August 1984) was an American writer whose non-fiction, stories, novels and plays are recognized literary classics, including the novella Breakfast at Tiffanys (1958) and In Cold Blood (1965), which he labeled a non-fiction novel. ... Billie Holiday (April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959), born Eleanora Fagan and later called Lady Day was an American singer widely considered one of the greatest jazz voices of all time. ... Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: Lin Yutang Lin Yutang, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1939 This is a Chinese name; the family name is Lin (æž—) Lin Yutang (Traditional Chinese: ; Simplified Chinese: ; pinyin: , October 10, 1895 – March 26, 1976) was a Chinese writer and inventor whose original works... Cesar Julio Romero, Jr. ... Tallulah Brockman Bankhead (January 31, 1902 - December 12, 1968) was an American actress, talk-show host and bon vivant. ... Laurence Olivier, as photographed in 1939 by Carl Van Vechten Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, OM (May 22, 1907 – July 11, 1989) was an English actor and director, esteemed by many as the greatest actor of the 20th century. ...


Van Vechten initially met Gertrude Stein in Paris in 1913. They continued corresponding for the remainder of Stein's life, and at her death she appointed Van Vechten her literary executor; he helped to bring into print her unpublished writings. Gertrude Stein (February 3, 1874 – July 29, 1946) was an American writer and catalyst in the development of modern art and literature, who spent most of her life in France. ... This article is about the capital of France. ...


After the 1930s, Van Vechten published little writing, though he continued to write letters to many correspondents.


Although Van Vechten was married to Fania Marinoff until the end of his life, he was homosexual. Some of his papers were kept under seal for 25 years after his death, and when they were examined after that time, they were found to include scrapbooks of photographs and clippings related to homosexuality.[1] Fania Marinoff (20 March 1890 - 17 November 1971) was a Russian actor. ... Homosexuality refers to sexual interaction and / or romantic attraction between individuals of the same sex. ...


He died at the age of 84 in New York City. Van Vechten was the subject of a 1968 biography by Bruce Kellner, Carl Van Vechten and the Irreverent Decades.


Archive

Most of Van Vechten's papers are held by the Beinecke Library at Yale University. The Library of Congress acquired its collection of approximately 1,400 photographs in 1966 from Saul Mauriber. Yale Universitys Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library was a 1963 gift of the Beinecke family. ... “Yale” redirects here. ... The Library of Congress is the de facto national library of the United States and the research arm of the United States Congress. ...


Selected works

  • Music After the Great War (1915)
  • Music and Bad Manners (1916)
  • Interpreters and Interpretations (1917)
  • The Merry-Go-Round (1918)
  • The Music of Spain (1918)
  • In the Garret (1919)
  • The Tiger in the House (1920)
  • Lords of the Housetops (1921)
  • Peter Whiffle (1922)
  • The Blind Bow-Boy (1923)
  • The Tattooed Countess (1924)
  • Red (1925)
  • Firecrackers (1925)
  • Excavations (1926)
  • Nigger Heaven (1926)
  • Spider Boy (1928)
  • Parties (1930)
  • Feathers (1930)
  • Sacred and Profane Memories (1932)

Nigger Heaven (1926) is a book by Carl Van Vechten (1880-1964) set during the Harlem Renaissance in the United States in the 1920s. ...

Notes

  1. ^ Yale May Not Think So, But It’ll Be Just Jolly

References

  • Kellner, Bruce (1968). Carl Van Vechten and the Irreverent Decades. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press. ISBN 0-8061-0808-8
  • Kellner, Bruce (Ed.) (1980). A Bibliography of the Work of Carl Van Vechten. Westport: Greenwood Press. ISBN 0-313-20767-4
  • Kellner, Bruce (Ed.) (1987). Letters of Carl Van Vechten. New Haven: Yale University Press. ISBN 0-300-03907-7
  • Smalls, James (2006). The Homoerotic Photography of Carl Van Vechten: Public Face, Private Thoughts. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. ISBN 1-59213-305-3

External links

Wikimedia Commons has media related to:
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  • Creative Americans: Portraits by Carl Van Vechten at the Library of Congress features a searchable database of photographs taken by Van Vechten.
  • Harlem Renaissance - Carl Van Vechten: Webpage with bibliography of books and articles by and about Van Vechten.
  • Extravagant Crowd: Carl Van Vechten's Portraits of Women
  • Yale May Not Think So, But It'll Be Just Jolly: pages from Van Vechten's scrapbooks from the exhibit The Pink and The Blue: Lesbian and Gay Life at Yale and in Connecticut, 1642-2004
  • Books by Carl Van Vechten at the Universal Library at Carnegie-Mellon
Persondata
NAME Van Vechten, Carl
ALTERNATIVE NAMES
SHORT DESCRIPTION American writer and photographer
DATE OF BIRTH June 17, 1880
PLACE OF BIRTH Cedar Rapids, Iowa
DATE OF DEATH December 21, 1964
PLACE OF DEATH New York, New York

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