Jessie Redmon Fauset Houses, 1812 13th Street, NW and 1716 17th Street, NW
Fauset (1882-1961) rented rooms in five locations in D.C. while teaching at M Street High School; two still stand. Fauset taught French and Latin at M Street from 1907 to 1919. Known for her stylish clothes and sophisticated manners, she held parties in which all attendees were requested to speak entirely in French. She completed her M.A. degree in French at the University of Pennsylvania while teaching in D.C.
In 1919, Fauset moved to New York, and became more widely known as the author of four novels, and literary editor of The Crisis, the official publication of the NAACP. In that position, she mentored several younger writers (including Claude McKay, Countee Cullen, Nella Larsen, and Langston Hughes), and helped develop the goals and aesthetic of the Harlem Renaissance, and literary modernism in general.
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