Premiership Transfer Window Review – Part Three

David Walker completes his review of the January transfer window and how the moves will impact each team’s success, or survival at the end of the 2005/06 season.


If ever there was a manager who enjoyed a bit of business during the January transfer window it was Harry Redknapp. He is running out of time to form a team capable of keeping Pompey in the top flight after 34 players have come and gone this season.

He has brought in £4.1 million Auxerre striker Benjamin Mwaruwari to try and fill the void left by Yakubu while midfield steel and creativity should come in the form of Tottenham trio Pedro Mendes, Sean Davies and Wayne Routledge. Noe Pamarot, also of Spurs, Ognjen Koroman and goalkeeper Dean Kiely will assist defensive duties.

The most intriguing of Redknapp’s dealings is the loan capture of Andres D’Allesandro, once tipped to be the next big thing out of South America. However, his career stalled following a move to Wolfsburg two and a half years ago.

Pompey are second from bottom in the table and lie five points from safety. The bookmakers don’t fancy their chances of survival and quote 4/9 on relegation and 13/8 on staying up.


Sunderland are rooted firmly to the bottom of the table with just nine points from 23 matches and nine points adrift of nearest rivals Portsmouth.

The Black Cats are without a home win all season and have won just twice in their last 44 Premiership matches stretching back to a previous stint. Such dire form has made Mick McCarthy’s side a relegation certainty with odds of 1/1000 being offered.

However, if you believe in miracles, Sunderland are 100/1 to stage the comeback of all comebacks and remain in the Premiership for next season.

Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs have been the surprise package of the season thus far and maintain their fourth place position in the Premiership despite a run of three matches without victory and an FA Cup exit at the hands of Leicester City.

Manager Martin Jol signed Egyptian midfielder Hossam Ghali from Feyenoord and Charlton Athletic’s Danny Murphy. Even though Spurs are four points and two places above North London rivals Arsenal the bookmakers do not rate them as highly in the “without Chelsea” market, pricing the White Hart Lane outfit up at 66/1.

West Bromwich Albion

West Brom are staring at a fight against relegation for the second successive season but have proved they have the stomach for the battle once before. Out of the bottom seven sides in the Premiership the Baggies have won the most home matches which will give manager Bryan Robson optimism.

Nigel Quashie arrived in a £1.5 million deal from Southampton while Jan Kozak and Williams Martinez joined on loan from Artmedia Bratislava and Defensor respectively. Last season’s top goalscorer Robert Earnshaw was allowed to leave for Norwich in a £3.5 million deal. The Baggies are available at 4/5 for relegation but a better bet may be for them to stay up at Evens.

West Ham United

The largest deal of the transfer window was Dean Ashton’s £7.25 million arrival from Norwich City. Following his seven goals last season for the Canaries, then fighting a losing battle against Premiership relegation, Ashton is seen as the man who can fire West Ham into Europe this term.

Another striker, Yaniv Katan, joined from Maccabi Haifa for £100,000 while Deportivo defender Lionel Scaloni has signed a loan deal with the club. If you are fond of speculative punts, striker Marlon Harewood, with six goals in his last 12 Premiership matches, is available at 40/1 to top the Premiership goal scoring charts at the end of the season.

Wigan Athletic

Wigan have had a remarkable first season in the Premiership. They are fifth in the table, one place above former Champions Arsenal, just three points adrift of a Champions League spot and a place in the Carling Cup final secured.

Paul Jewell has worked wonders at the JJB Stadium and it is not surprising chairman Dave Whelan has sanctioned a £2 million move for Brann defender Paul Scharner, the free transfer of midfielder David Thompson and loan arrivals for Liverpool’s Neil Mellor and Tottenham Hotspur’s Reto Ziegler.

It would be foolish to bet against the Latics qualifying for Europe next season but at present they are the only side in the top 10 with a minus goal difference. They are 300/1 outsiders to win the Premiership in the “without Chelsea” market.


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Infopreneuring: The Ideal Business?

Infopreneuring, or information marketing, gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to feed the information-hungry masses worldwide, and achieve their own financial freedom in the process. Since the advent of the Internet in the early 1990s, people all over the planet have jumped aboard the information superhighway, driven by an insatiable desire and thirst for knowledge. They’re looking for answers, for jobs, for solutions to problems, for long-lost relatives, and for just plain information. This means explosive growth for the infopreneuring industry.

By a stroke of good fortune, the Information Age has serendipitously coincided with the Enron era and corporate downsizing. Entrepreneurs, small business owners, and anyone who has searched unsuccessfully for a legitimate work-at-home business opportunity can now realize the future of their dreams. All it takes is a computer, an Internet connection, a little creativity, some ingenuity, and a lot of motivation.

More than mere rhetoric, the infopreneuring phenomenon is a reality. Witness the infopreneuring empires built by Allan Gardyne of Associate Programs and Ken Evoy of SiteSell fame. These are world-renowned Internet gurus who have achieved enormous online success, not by ripping people off with “get-rich-quick” schemes, but by selling marketing tools and information about true-to-life business models that work for real people in the real world. For every “info guru” you hear about, there are probably dozens more out there you haven’t heard about–all happily securing their futures by selling their own infoproducts.

For small business owners and entrepreneurs across the globe struggling to keep their businesses alive, infopreneuring could provide the income infusion needed to rehabiliate their anemic growth. For business start-ups, an infopreneuring enterprise could be ideal. The benefits include:

  • Low start-up costs
  • Low overhead
  • Selling to a global market
  • Less time-for-money tradeoff
  • More financial freedom
  • Consistent passive revenue
  • Work from anywhere capability
  • Creating a lasting legacy

Offline businesses can also benefit by:

  • Replacing paper promotions
  • Adding multiple income streams
  • Selling wares online to supplement offline sales

This doesn’t mean there’s no work involved. As with any legitimate business, infopreneuring requires commitment and motivation. But it is fairly simple to start up. By following a step-by-step process that begins with brainstorming topics, then researching the market to find out if your ideas have profitability potential, you can easily begin building your “brand of one” by producing basic infoproducts such as Tips Booklets and eReports. These will help establish you as an expert in your field. Later you can progress to audio and video products, such as teleclasses and Webinars.

The start-up costs are minimal because your products are created, and delivered, digitally. No inventory, no storage, no shipping costs. You can see why the infopreneur’s motto: “Create once, sell many” makes infopreneuring so attractive. Once you’ve got your infoproducts produced and your marketing mechanisms in place, you no longer have to sell your time for money. You control your business–it doesn’t control you.

Laying the foundation for an infopreneuring business means–you guessed it, obtaining information–educating yourself on what market need your infoproducts can fill, how to package your knowledge, and what marketing methods will work best for selling your goods. Once you’ve established yourself as the “go to” person in your area of expertise, it’s only a matter of adding additional revenue-generating streams to your lineup. These can include affiliate marketing, selling ads on your website or in your ezine, using Google AdSense, creating a subscription-based website, and entering into joint ventures that expand your reach into similar, but differently targeted, markets.

Although it may appear to be a complex process at first glance, infopreneuring is actually a simple business model that takes less time and effort to start up than most other businesses. Of course, it may not be the ideal business FOR everyone, but it is definitely do-able BY anyone. Explore your options and see if infopreneuring is right for you. It might just be the ticket you’ve been looking for to gain your own financial freedom.

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English Soccer – England’s Football League Division One Review

It would appear that Swindon Town have been keeping an eye on Football England recently, at least that’s what I’m claiming anyway. Since I tipped them as most likely to stay up in the now ferocious relegation battle, they haven’t put a foot wrong.

This was confirmed by another good win at home to Doncaster Rovers on Saturday.

The 2-1 victory, gives them three on the bounce on the row, and confidence seems to have been restored. Any struggling teams yet to visit the County Ground – beware.

Manager Iffy Onoura was well pleased with the latest result, and also seems optimistic of survival. Perhaps he’s also in a good mood because the proposed television project featuring Big Ron has been booted into row z, early doors.

At the top, Southend reconfirmed their promotion credentials with a fine 2-0 away defeat of Yeovil, which keeps them top. Shaun Goater scored the second, and his goals could be vital in the remainder of the season.

Brentford too perhaps have been reading this column. Last week I voiced a concern that letting DJ Campbell disappear to Birmingham for a pittance could harm their promotion aspirations. Seems I’m wrong.

The Bees absolutely paggered Walsall 5-0, proving that they can score without the DJ (League one player of the month for Jan), and heaping misery on a forlorn Paul Merson. Brentford still look nicely poised, sitting 5th with games in hand. Walsall look to be in terminal decline, and Merson has hinted that he will quit if results don’t improve.

Colchester continue to make us marvel at their impressive record this term. A comfortable 3-1 home win over Bradford City, after going 1-0 down racks up a club record of nine consecutive wins, and perhaps more impressively winning 19 out of 21.

Bradford went ahead through stocky veteran Dean Windass just before half time – the chunky striker is still a force to be reckoned with at this level. The game, now a tough test, was turned by the inspirational Richard Garcia who headed home twice early in the secone half. Garcia has now notched 6 in his last 4 games. A confident display was rounded off by Chris Iwelumo, also heading in just after the hour.

Colchester must now believe they can go up without the lottery of the play offs – they sit second, 1 point behind Southend, with a game in hand.

Also at the top, Barnsley have slipped in unnoticed in recent weeks, while others have floundered. A 2-0 victory over Bristol City at home this weekend lifts them into fourth spot. Much of this recent form can be attributed to striker Marc Richards, who bagged both goals, bringing his tally to 10 in the last 15 outings. His first was an exquisite finish after lobbing a defender on his approach.

Back at the bottom, a predictable dour affair between Rotherham & Hartlepool ended 0-0. Both these sides are in deep trouble and must turn the corner soon or bye bye. Hartlepool were under the instruction of Youth team coach Paul Stephenson for the first time after the much publicised turmoil at the club. Hopefully he can get them on track.

MK Dons look to be adrift without a paddle after going down 2-0 to Scunthorpe. Scunny will be glad of the points to keep them above water, thanks again to their prolific goal getter Billy Sharp. Another brace for Sharp put the game away after just 10 minutes.

As for the Dons – it looks like they are going. Will anybody miss them?

Blackpool continue to show great determination at home, and look to have what it takes to stay up. The Seasiders were very unlucky to take only the 1 point from their home meeting with Notts Forest.

A creditable 8,399 turned out for this 2-2 draw in which Blackpool were always in control, until the last minute equaliser by Forest’s Julian Bennett.

Oldham Athletic tripped themselves up by going down 1-0 in an eminently winnable game at home to Port Vale. This leaves the Latics adrift by 7 points from the play off spots. Manager Ronnie Moore knows he has to improve quickly.

Finally, Chesterfield kept up their unbeaten run and their play off hopes with a late home equaliser against Gillingham. Chesterfiald lie in 7th, with the Gills out of trouble, for the moment.

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Hiring an Attorney

When is it wise for you to invest in an attorney? Quite frankly, any time you are faced with a significant legal issue that leaves you baffled about the law is the time you should consider investing in an attorney. An attorney can help you through any number of legal situations and can also help you avoid the pitfalls associated with many legal situations. Finally, an attorney can serve as your legal guide and if you really feel like you need a friend in your corner, then it may be time to hire an attorney.

Lawyers specialize in all sorts of fields. The most commonly known lawyers are divorce and family court lawyers. Both can assist you with child support, child custody, and family court issues that may arise as the result of a divorce. Likewise, criminal lawyers are lawyers that help many individuals when they are faced with unfortunate criminal charges and the like. Yet, there are many other lawyers in the legal field and people often don’t think about lawyers until they are really needed.

For instance, there are tax lawyers. Tax lawyers can assist individuals with tax related issues whether they are of a personal or business nature. In fact, small business owners and corporations often speak with tax lawyers to get advice about deductions and information about the proper methods for filing taxes. Moreover, tax lawyers can help people understand the various complex tax laws that may otherwise baffle them. Immigration lawyers assist individuals that want to become a citizen of a certain country. The immigration laws can be just as complicated as tax laws, perhaps more so, and lawyers can help individuals fulfil the requirements they need to in order to become a citizen.

Conversely, there are Worker’s Compensation Lawyers that help clients fight for their rights in worker’s compensation related claims and there are employment lawyers that will help clients battle out their claims for job discrimination and the like. Labor lawyers also help unions fight for the rights of employees and there are a number of lawyers that specialize in the employment area. Along the same lines, for those individuals that have filed a claim to receive social security benefits and have been denied, there are lawyers ready and willing to help you win your case.

Accident and personal injury lawyers help people reclaim their lives after traumatic injuries. Likewise, medical malpractice lawyers help people go after doctors or hospitals for poor medical treatment and/or practices. Some lawyers specialize in the writing of trusts and wills while other lawyers focus solely on the art of finance. Clearly, no matter what the legal situation may be, there is always a lawyer available to help.

Ultimately, the cost of any lawyer will vary from one to the next and are usually based on the time that your case will involve, the amount of work involved, and the lawyers overall expertise. The more experienced a lawyer is, the more expensive that lawyer can become. If you are interested in hiring a lawyer however, many lawyers are willing to give clients a free initial consultation.

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Body Building and The Mediterranean Diet

The Seven Basic Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet in Body Building


As we move forward into the 21st century, more and more men and women are involving themselves in body building. In order to be successful at body building, a person needs to coordinate an ambitious exercise routine with an appropriate diet regimen. In the end, body building success depends as much upon what you do with your body in a gym as it does with what you put into your body at home.

Certain diet routines and plans have proven to be beneficial directly to the goals of body builders. One regimen that contains the elements of health eating that are essential for a dedicated body builder is found in the Mediterranean diet.

The Mediterranean diet is a perfect choice for an ardent body builder for seven basic reasons.

1. Body Building and Fruits and Vegetables

Nutrition experts believe that a typical diet should include at least five servings of fruits and vegetables during the course of a given day. A body builder needs to more than double this amount of fruits and vegetables. In this regard, the Mediterranean diet is ideal. In the Mediterranean diet, a person typically consumes upwards to over ten generous servings of fruits and vegetables throughout the day.

In body building, it is recommended that the fruits and vegetables included within the diet be taken in raw. (Steamed vegetables are acceptable. However, over steaming can result in a loss of some of the nutrients that naturally are contained in fruits and vegetables.)

2. Body Building and Raw Foods

Various raw foods, including fruits and vegetables, are also rich in anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidants “clean up” oxidants that can form in the body. Oxidants are the negative byproduct of oxygen burnt within the body for energy. Anti-oxidants assist a body builder on many fronts, including lessening muscle atrophy which can be a significant problem in a body builder as he or she ages.

3. Benefits of Protein for the Body Builder

Protein is the essential ingredient necessary to build body mass — which is the ultimate goal of the body building in training. Through the Mediterranean diet, a person interested in pursuing a healthy course of body building can take in protein through lean meats and whole grains.

4. Embracing a Diet Low in Saturated Fat

Saturated fats are destructive to any reasonable body building routine. Obviously, one of the ultimate goals of body building is to eliminate unnecessary and unwanted fat from the body.

While working out is a surefire way of eliminating fat, it is also important for a body builder to elect a dieting course that is low in saturated fat. The Mediterranean diet fits this bill perfectly. Although a person utilizing the Mediterranean diet will be taking in calories from fat — primarily from olive oil which is used effusively in the diet regimen — the that is being ingested is not saturated.

5. Satisfying the Energy Demands of the Active Body Builder

A person following the Mediterranean diet draws in calories and “energy food” from three primary sources:

— carbohydrates

— protein

— unsaturated fat

The key benefit to the Mediterranean diet is rooted in the fact that it is balanced and draws energy in appropriate proportions from these three dietary sources. Because the diet is balanced by definition, your body does not end up operating “out of whack.” Through the Mediterranean diet you are able to obtain the extra energy boosts necessary for body building without causing your overall caloric and energy levels to end up out of balance.

6. Body Building and Moderate Portion Sizes

The key to establishing a beneficial diet to advance body building goals is eating in moderation at each meal. In addition, a body builder should elect to eat smaller meals throughout the day. Rather than the standard three square meals a day, a body builder is best served by eating six smaller, evenly spaced out meals throughout the day.

7. Diet Balance is Always the Key

In the end, the reason that the Mediterranean diet is so beneficial to body builders is precisely the same reason that it is a perfect plan for healthy eating for “average folk.” The Mediterranean diet is a solid plan because it consists of healthy food items eaten in balanced, appropriate proportions throughout the course of the day.

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Online Blackjack Casinos

Blackjack provides one of the most exciting gambling experiences. The popularity of the game among the gambling community has encouraged a lot of Online Casinos to specialize in Blackjack games. These casinos provide the best software and special gaming features for their customers, along with high payouts and signup bonuses.

Playing Blackjack online is no different from playing Blackjack in real casinos. The thrill and excitement of playing is similar to that of playing in real casinos. The games offered at the casinos are Vegas Blackjack, Atlantic Blackjack, Spanish Blackjack, and Multi-hand Blackjack.

The casinos offer not only conventional Blackjack games but also newer versions of the games adopted from real casinos or those devised specially for online players, such as the Caribbean 21, Blackjack switch and Pontoon.

Often noticed among the Online Casinos are the subtle variations done in the rules of the games. The rules have a direct bearing on the earnings of the casinos, and vary from one casino to the other. The variations in rules consequently affect the overall earning of a player, though it is not uncommon to find many good casinos setting rules in favor of the players.

Online Casinos facilitate playing with other players around the world, and chatting live with them at the same time. Winning Blackjack is more a matter of skill than chance. For a Blackjack player, the chances of winning depend on the level of skill. The more skillful a player, the better are his/her chances of winning.

Online Casinos also offer free Online Blackjack for the newcomers who want to learn the rules of the game and its strategies without wagering their money. Others can also log on free to play just for fun.

Top rated Online Blackjack Casinos provide 24/7 customer support, a convenient source of payment and withdrawal of money, and better playing rules for the gambling community.

In contrast to traditional casinos, online players have the advantage of switching from one casino to the other or from one game to another. A smart decision for any player would be to choose a casino which has good offers, better playing rules, and the best gaming experience.

Some states and countries have passed laws making Online Casino Gambling illegal. Therefore, before you gamble at an Online Casino, it is important that you check your local laws.

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The Solar Decathlon

Every other year, the U.S. Energy Department holds a solar decathlon for teams from various universities around the world. The winning team receives a $100,000 grant over two years.

A Contest of a Different Sort

The solar decathlon is an interesting strategy for promoting research and development on solar technology by the Energy Department. The Department selects 20 teams from a bevy of applicants to take part.

To win the competition, the teams are given the goal of creating and manufacturing a home that runs completely on solar power. The home must function as a residence as well as a home-based business and all typical transportation needs typically found with a residential home. The teams are not only required to design and build the home, but they must construct the homes on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. for all to see. The most energy efficient home wins the competition and the university is awarded $100,000 for research and development of solar technologies.

In 2005, the University of Colorado was the winner of the competition with Cornell and Cal Poly finishing second and third. It was the second win in a row for Colorado over such schools as MIT and Cal Poly. The teams for the 2007 competition have been selected and are currently working on their projects:

California Polytechnic State University

Carnegie Mellon University

Cornell University

Georgia Institute of Technology

Kansas State University

Lawrence Technological University

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

New York Institute of Technology

Team Montreal

Technische Universität Darmstadt,

Texas A&M University

Pennsylvania State University

Universidad de Puerto Rico

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

University of Cincinnati

University of Colorado

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of Maryland

University of Missouri-Rolla,

University of Texas at Austin

The teams are due to build their homes on the National Mall on October 7, 2007. With the new interest of the Bush Administration in solar power, perhaps the contest will get a Presidential visit.

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Saying Goodbye to Stacks of Paper and Distractions

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It Isn’t What We Know; It’s What We Do That Counts

I remember mentioning to my former barber that one of my first books was being published.

He asked me the title, and I told him.

And then, something amazing happened.

He took credit for my idea, my book, for the years of experience that it took for me to craft it.

He claimed I got the idea for the book from him!

It was preposterous. He knew nothing about my topic, and I had never discussed it with him. Apart from telling editors what I’m working on, I abide by a policy of never revealing the titles or topics of works in progress.

But for argument’s sake, let’s say he did think of the idea before I did.

So, what?

You can’t copyright or trademark a mere idea—any lawyer will tell you that.

There’s a good policy reason that it is so. Lots of people have ideas, strikingly similar ones, but it is the doers, the ones that bring them to life, that go from a mere thought to a physical manifestation, that are rewarded with intellectual property rights in it.

Edison wasn’t the only person to work on the light bulb, nor the Wright Brothers on flight. Lots of people share the same dreams, especially of invention and glory.

But few come through and do what they dream.

And that makes all the difference.

Who knows? My barber could be sitting on the next bestseller.

But until he lets us see his work, we’ll be consigned to reading the offerings of his inferiors, like me.

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The Romantic Spirit of the Harlem Renaissance: Wallace Thurman

In Wallace Thurman’s short life and short artistic career, one can discern tragic circumstances even more devastating than those of Hurston. Thurman (1902–1934) was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, and attended the University of California (Ferguson 729). He tried to create a literary movement in California like the one in Harlem through his establishment of Outlet, a “magazine similar to those being published” in Harlem (Ferguson 729). After the journal’s failure within six months, Thurman moved to Harlem in 1925, where he continued his artistic career in various forms: novelist, editor, poet, playwright, and literary critic (Ferguson 729).

Thurman’s dream was to “become editor of a financially secure magazine” (Henderson 150). He worked at several magazines in New York before becoming involved with Hughes, Hurston, and others to launch the journal Fire!! (1926), which was to stand in opposition to the mainly political and propagandist magazines being published currently: The Crisis, Opportunity, and The Messenger. Fire!! folded after one issue, leaving Thurman with a thousand dollar debt it took him four years to pay back (Ferguson 730). Thurman started another magazine in 1928, Harlem, A Forum of Negro Life; this journal had a longer life than Fire!! but it failed also (Ferguson 730).

Thurman then turned his talents to writing novels. His first novel, The Blacker the Berry (1929), contains “a variety of controversial themes including homosexuality, intraracial prejudice, abortion, and ethnic conflict between African Americans and Caribbean Americans” (Ferguson 730). His second novel, Infants of the Spring (1932), is a satiric evaluation of the Harlem Renaissance and the “judgment rendered is harsh and unsparing” (Ferguson 730). A third novel, written in collaboration with Abraham L. Furman, The Interne (1932) is “an expose of unethical behavior at City Hospital on Welfare Island (now Roosevelt Island)” (Ferguson 730). Ironically, City Hospital would be where Thurman would spend the last six months of his life just two years later.

Despite his literary successes and his being considered “spokesman for the younger group of black Renaissance writers,” Thurman was prone to bouts of depression and “self-hatred” (Henderson 167). Thurman’s “erotic, bohemian” lifestyle (as he described it) and excessive alcohol consumption wreaked havoc on his none too healthy body (Henderson 147). He died on December 22, 1934 at the age of 32. Thurman’s friend, Arna Bontemps, described Thurman as: “He was like a flame which burned so intensely, it could not last for long, but quickly consumed itself” (Henderson 147).

Bontemps’ description of Thurman could just as easily be seen as a description of the Harlem Renaissance itself. While African American literature and art existed before the Renaissance and continued after the Renaissance, during this period of time the nation’s attention was riveted on those several streets in New York City. Whether this attention by the white community was good or bad is a complex issue. Many white people were genuinely interested in the folk and modern culture of African Americans, but it is also true that many of them were only thrill-seekers. But however that may be, the legacy of the Harlem Renaissance still continues to intrigue modern America. It is an important part of our history and culture, both black and white. Many of the issues and themes explored by the Harlem writers, (a search for identity, crossing boundaries, desire and loss, repression and rebellion, nostalgia, etc) are inherent in all cultures, and thus is something everyone can identify with. In the end, the Harlem Renaissance succeeded in transcending racial barriers.


Ferguson, SallyAnn H. “Wallace Thurman.” The Oxford Companion to African American Literature. Eds. William L. Andrews, Frances Smith Foster, and Trudier Harris. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. 729-30.

Henderson, Mae Gwendolyn. “Portrait of Wallace Thurman.” The Harlem Renaissance Remembered. Ed. Arna Bontemps. New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1972. 147-170.

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