African-American Writers

African-American Writers

by Valerie Smith, Lea Baechler, Arthur Walton

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This well-written and well-documented book will surely emerge as another classic in the field. As an addendum to the multivolume literary biography set American Writer , published in 1974, it offers a knowledgeable and poignant penetration into a diversity of African American authors who have made a profound contribution in American society. A professional presentation of each selected author contains a brief biography, principle writings, an appraisal of works, a bibliography of modern and paperback editions available, along with an analytical list of books and articles for further research by readers. This excellent guide communicates a message about the fabrics woven into American civilization by African American authors .-- Gayle S. Leach, Wayne State Univ. , Detroit
Thirty-four critical essays on the lives and literary achievements of black American writers from as early as the first slave narratives down to the latest works of such contemporary figures as Ishmael Reed and Jean Toomer. Each essay strikes a balance between biography and literary criticism, giving full consideration to the effects of culture and life experience on the core writings of the tradition. Each author is situated in the context of American history and the unique experience of the African American people. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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