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  1. Dorothy West By: Ashley Flaum January 9, 2014 Period 7

  2. Biography (2 June 1907–16 Aug. 1998) • Boston MA • Attended school 1st grade (Boston's Farragut School)- college (Columbia University) • Studied Creative Writing • First published in the Boston Post • Tied 2nd in NAACP writing competition • Moved to Harlem, NY to join other African American writers

  3. The Typewriter Dorothy West Brief description • This is a story about a man who hates his life. One day his daughter asks him to talk to her so she can practice her typing skills. The man creates his dream life in the stories he tells her.

  4. tone • Gloomy • Depressing

  5. Theme • When a dream is postponed • An individual feels trapped by racism

  6. Techniques • Similes • Figurative ( J. dies) • Mood (sad, depressed) • Symbol (typerwritter) • Synecdoche (the typewriter, letters)

  7. Harlem Renaissance • Nicknamed “the kid” by Langston Hughs • She created the Magazine the Challenger; it was a collection of works from young African American writers • Then she published the New Challenger; which featured "Blueprint for Negro Writing," an essay by Richard Wright . • She was one of the last surviving writers of this period.