- NAME: Jessie Fauset
- OCCUPATION: Educator, Editor, Journalist, Author, Poet
- BIRTH DATE: April 27, 1882
- DEATH DATE: April 30, 1961
- EDUCATION: Cornell University, University of Pennsylvania, Sorbonne, Philadelphia High School for Girls
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Camden County, New Jersey
- PLACE OF DEATH: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Full Name: Jessie Redmon Fauset
- AKA: Jessie Fauset
- AKA: Jessie Redmon Harris
- AKA: Jessie Fauset Harris
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As literary editor for The Crisis, Jessie Fauset supported many new voices during the Harlem Renaissance. She also authored novels, essays and poems.
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Her last two novels were less successful, and Fauset's formerly prodigious writing output began to taper off.
Fauset had married a businessman, Herbert Harris, in 1929. The two lived together in New Jersey until Harris died in 1958. Fauset then returned to Philadelphia. She died in that city on April 30, 1961, at the age of 79.
With her support for up-and-coming writers, Fauset was responsible for the development of many new African-American voices, while her novels, essays, poems and other work meant that she was a prolific author in her own right. Though not as well-known as many of her contemporaries, Fauset was an important part of the Harlem Renaissance.
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