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Writer Countee Cullen was an iconic figure of the Harlem Renaissance, known for his poetry, fiction and plays.
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Cullen did not live to see the project reach fruition. He died on January 9, 1946, from uremia and complications of high blood pressure. He was survived by his second wife, Ida Mae Roberson.
A posthumous collection of Cullen's poetry was published in 1947, On These I Stand: An Anthology of the Best Poems of Countee Cullen. His legacy also includes public schools named after the poet, as well as Harlem's 135th Street Branch library being renamed the Countee Cullen Library. After a period of dormancy, more attention has been paid by scholars to Cullen's life and writings, and in 2012 a biography of Cullen was published, And Bid Him Sing, by Charles Molesworth.
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