Jessie Redmon Fausset (April 27, 1882 - April 20, 1961) was an African American editor, poet, essayist and novelist. She was born in Snow Hill, New Jersey in Camden County. She was the daughter of Anna Seamon and Redmon Fauset, an African Methodist Episcopal minister. Her mother, Annie, died when she was still a little girl. Fausset was the most prolific female novelist of the Harlem Renaissance.
Fauset graduated from Cornell University in 1905, possibly the first black woman in Phi Beta Kappa.
Jessie Fausset came to the NAACP's journal, "The Crisis", in 1912 when it was only 16 months old. From 1919 to 1926 she served as the literary editor of "The Crisis" under W. E. B. Du Bois. Eventually 58 of her 77 published works first appeared in the journal's pages.
Fauset worked a schoolteacher for many years and retired from teaching in 1944. She died in 1961 of heart failure.
There Is Confusion (novel) 1924 About a light-skinned African American who temporarily passes for White
Plum Bun: A Novel Without a Moral (novel) 1928 A further study of the passing phenomenon ISBN 0807009199
The Chinaberry Tree: A Novel of American Life (novel) 1931 Set in a small New Jersey town ISBN 1555532071
Comedy, American Style (novel) 1933
Some Essays by Fauset
"Some Notes On Color", The World Tommorow, March, 1922
The Complex of color...every colored man feels it sooner or later. It gets in the way of his dreams, of his education, of his marriage, of the rearing of his children.