About the Author
George S. Schuyler was born in 1895 in Providence, Rhode Island, and raised in Syracuse, New York. As a result of his writings in magazines, including Crisis and Opportunity, he came to the attention of H. L. Mencken, who became his mentor. He died in 1977 in New York City. Ishmael Reed, the recipient of a MacArthur Grant, is the prolific author of many volumes of fiction, poetry, and essays. He lives in Oakland, California.