Jessie Redmon Fauset (27 Apr. 1882-30 Apr. 1961) was probably the first black woman at Cornell University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in classical and modern languages in 1905. While teaching in Washington, D.C., Fauset completed an M.A. in French at the University of Pennsylvania (1919). From 1912 to 1929 Fauset contributed numerous articles, reviews, poems, short stories, essays, and translations of French West Indian poems to Crisis, the official publication of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. At the urging of its editor, W. E. B. Du Bois, she moved to New York City to become the literary editor of Crisis from 1919 to 1926. She was instrumental in discovering and publishing most of the best-known writers of the Harlem Renaissance, including Langston Hughes, Claude McKay, Jean Toomer, and Counteé Cullen. In 1920-1921 Fauset also edited a monthly magazine for African-American children called Brownies' Book. Discrimination made it impossible for her to work in a New York publishing house, so she returned to teaching. Fauset is primarily known, however, for her four novels--There Is Confusion (1924), Plum Bun (1929), The Chinaberry Tree (1931), and Comedy: American Style (1933). Fauset was noteworthy for her employment of nursery rhymes and the traditional romance plot to alternative uses, unveiling the complex ways in which racism and sexism make the happy endings such plots promise impossible for black women to achieve.