Saturday, May 9, 2015

5/9/1897 Rudolph Fisher is born

May 9, 1897.  Rudolph Fisher was a part of the Harlem Renaissance.  He was a musician, a physician, and a playwright.  But narrowly-focused little devils that we are, this page is primarily interested in him for one reason.

Fisher wrote The Conjure-Man Dies (1932), the first novel with a Black detective, and all Black characters.  When a Harvard-trained African fortuneteller is killed in his apartment in Harlem policeman Perry Dart has to investigate all of the man's customers....


  1. Very interesting. Never ran across this info before. Thanks!

  2. ...and then the fortuneteller is seen walking around town! I have the book, just haven't finished it! Fisher died way too young!