Originally published in 1945 as "They Seek a City," this classic was revised and expanded in 1966 to include chapters on Marcus Garvey, the Black Muslims, Malcolm X, and the racial disturbances in Detroit, Chicago, and Watts. Filled with stories about real men and women who sought a new life in the North, "Anyplace But Here" depicts the theme of hope, undercut by disappointment, and hope renewed as it details the African American's search for a home.
Arna Bontemps, editor of American Negro Poetry and author of numerous other works, was a novelist, poet, essayist, editor, librarian, and public relations director. Jack Conroy was the founder of The Anvil, the Depression- era proletarian magazine famous for launching the careers of such writers as Langston Hughes, Richard Wright, and William Carlos Williams. He was also the author of The Disinherited: A Novel of the 1930s (University of Missouri Press).