African-American Writers

African-American Writers

by Amy Sickels
     
 

The American literary canon continues to change over time. This new volume presents many of the key works and major figures that have shaped the African-American literary tradition. Covering a variety of authors, from well-established names to emerging voices, this series presents works prominently featured in classrooms and representing a range of genres,

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The American literary canon continues to change over time. This new volume presents many of the key works and major figures that have shaped the African-American literary tradition. Covering a variety of authors, from well-established names to emerging voices, this series presents works prominently featured in classrooms and representing a range of genres, including memoir, drama, and young adult fiction. Canonical works, new classics, and popular favorites are discussed and analyzed, offering a glimpse of the changing landscape of literary studies in the United States today.

Multicultural Voices introduces students to some of the key authors and works that are taught and assigned in schools today. Each volume examines the origins, history, and development of a multicultural tradition that has proved an essential and vital part of American literature. Chapters on individual authors present a brief biography followed by summary and analysis of the major works and a discussion of the significant themes presented. A chronology, bibliography, and list of additional reading round out this essential resource for the literature student.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—In this clearly written, informative overview, Sickels examines the lives and major works of writers over the last 40 years. Eight authors are showcased, including Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou, Alice Walker, and Walter Dean Myers. Each chapter opens with a black-and-white photo and a brief biography, with the remainder of it dealing with a critical analysis of one or more of the writer's best-known works. Every critique includes a summary of the work and then a discussion of major themes. It's an approach that serves as a great introduction to some of America's major African-American writers. The list of additional reading suggests books by other major African-American authors, such as Richard Wright's Black Boy, Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man, and James Baldwin's Go Tell It on the Mountain. An extensive bibliography consists of works mainly from literary scholars who specialize in African-American literature. This is an outstanding contribution and should be a first purchase for high-school libraries.—Carol Jones Collins, Hanover Park High School, East Hanover, NJ

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604133110
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/01/2010
Series:
Multicultural Voices Series
Pages:
142
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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