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 - Harlem Discarding Its Oldtime Flavor Hufjhes...
Harlem Discarding Its Oldtime Flavor Hufjhes Allison, dramatist, radio script writer and more recently mystery short - story writer in major magazines, during an interview last Wednesday said that the Harlem glamorized by the writers of the 20's and 30's is definitely , it A. I gone. But, fie added, a new iianem is Deingr created in me Bronx, although it has not inspired the verse and the songs and the books that old Harlem did. Allison ought to know because he wu one of the closed friends of the lata Countee Cullen, Intimate figure in old Harlem's literati. In fact, It wu of Cullen 's death that Allison wu asked to talk about. "Countee s Jfe should be written. he uid. "and his death should also be written. I still ssy It wu the controversy over his play, 'St Louis Woman , that brought aboir his collapse. I remember while the plsy wu being rehearsed, Countee would come into the theatre and wearily say that 'an important person' wu trying to stop the plsy." Newspspers of that time played up the opposition to the staging of "St Louis Woman" by Walter White. NAACP head. Allison has always contended that worry over opposition to the play helped, hurry Cul - len's death. The poet died Jan. 9, 194S. prominent Harlem figure, wu best fitted to supervise Cullen biography. Allison displayed ft pile of letters oovering Cullen lut days, but did not reveal their contents. He said although Countee had moved to Tuckahoe. N. Y, to be "far from the maddening crowd." he was suddenly plunged Into rehearsals of "One Way to Heaven and later St Louis Woman", in addition to radio script work; and Cullen's plans for taking It easy u ft country gentleman were rudely Interrupted. It wu tn 1937 that Allison hit fame when his WPA drama, "Trial of Dr. Beck", played many months at the Shubert In Newark and finally became one of the few WPA plays to hit Broadway. Reverting to his comment on to day's Harlem, he said old Harlem Allison said Harold Jackman. has reverted to the primitive again after ths brilliant "New Negro" era. But he also added that old Harlem is being re - discovered In other than literary terms In housing, for ex ample. "I would say that the Bronx Is like Harlem was in the 1920 s," he said, "in that there Is a story for present - day Countee Cullens to tell. However'. I believe that whits women writers will tell ths story, rather than colored. The Negro writer still sticks to ths old intolerance themes, of which Richard Wright is ths master. The Bronx is an honorable and decent compromise, has a softer approach to race in which no one is hurt - Cab Rider Injured Theodore Durham, 38, of 148 W. 118th St., received lacerations of the scalp and left leg early last Friday morning when a taxi In whichTTe wu riding collided with another car at the corner of 145th St. and Lenox Ave, police reported. The accident occurred, at 4 a.m. The driver of the cab wu identified u Henry Sheffield of 1184 Union Ave, Bronx. The other driver, Wiggins Ebenherlofferr, of 515 W. 143rd St, wu treated at the scene for shock. fTV 7T 111

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  1. The New York Age,
  2. 25 Dec 1948, Sat,
  3. Page 3

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