Similarly, Dorothy West chose her native Boston to explore the social and racial environment in her stories and later in The Living Is Easy, a novel about color consciousness that was published in 1948, long after the Renaissance was thought to be over. West continued to write short stories well into her eighties, since it had been the form that earned her a prestigious award in the 1920s when she lived in Harlem. Women are her focus, their lives and challenges, which she described with a high degree of skill and nuance. West was very much aware of the role that the Renaissance played for her generation. She founded and edited New Challenge (1937–38), a magazine that she hoped would "revive the spirit of the Renaissance," as she stated in the inaugural issue.


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