Contemporary African American Novelists: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook [NOOK Book]

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During the last two decades, African American writers have emerged as a distinct and dominant force in world literature. This reference book offers lively, concise, and current information about the lives and imaginative works of 79 contemporary African American novelists. Each of the alphabetically arranged entries begins with a biographical sketch of the author, offers a judicious critical assessment of the author's major works, provides a representative sample of the critical responses the author's books have ...
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Contemporary African American Novelists: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook

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Overview

During the last two decades, African American writers have emerged as a distinct and dominant force in world literature. This reference book offers lively, concise, and current information about the lives and imaginative works of 79 contemporary African American novelists. Each of the alphabetically arranged entries begins with a biographical sketch of the author, offers a judicious critical assessment of the author's major works, provides a representative sample of the critical responses the author's books have elicited, and concludes with a selected bibliography that lists the author's publications as well as useful secondary material. Included are entries for major figures, such as Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, James Baldwin, and Ralph Ellison, but many noteworthy young writers also receive the attention they deserve. Forty-one of the 79 writers discussed are women, and roughly a dozen of the novelists have identified themselves as gay, lesbian, or bisexual. Intended for students and advanced scholars alike, the volume is sophisticated yet accessible to a wide audience.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This volume provides biographical, critical, and bibliographical material on 79 black writers (41 of them women), ranging from such luminaries as Alice Walker to lesser-known artists like Philip Lewis. In collecting pieces on a spectrum of novelists, this book could serve a useful purpose, but it is marred by several flaws. First, there are some notable omissions, including Amiri Baraka and Rosa Guy. More importantly, some of the entries are of uneven quality. The book would have benefited from more rigorous editing to update information, check facts, correct inconsistencies in style, and tighten the writing. It is most valuable for the pieces on several recent and/or overlooked writers who have not yet received the critical attention they deserve (e.g., Melvin Dixon, Marita Golden). For other authors, readers will be better served by African American Writers (LJ 6/1/91) or the volumes on black writers in the Dictionary of Literary Biography.Louis J. Parascandola, Long Island Univ., Brooklyn, NY
Booknews
This introduction to the contemporary African American novel highlights 79 writers whose works thematize not only racism and its devastating implications but a wide range of issues and concerns. Each entry begins with relevant biographical information on the novelist, offers a critical commentary on his or her works, provides an overview of the critical reception accorded, and concludes with a selected bibliography that lists the primary works and the secondary sources. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313007675
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/1999
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 901 KB

Meet the Author

EMMANUEL S. NELSON is Professor of English at the State University of New York College at Cortland.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Tina McElroy Ansa 1
Doris Jean Austin 6
James Baldwin 12
Toni Cade Bambara 22
Barry Beckham 29
Hal Bennett 36
David Henry Bradley, Jr. 42
Gwendolyn Brooks 47
Cecil Morris Brown 53
Frank London Brown 58
Ed Bullins 64
Octavia E. Butler 69
Bebe Moore Campbell 76
Barbara Chase-Riboud 82
Alice Childress 88
Michelle Cliff 95
Cyrus Colter 102
Steven Corbin 108
Samuel Delany 115
William Demby 122
Melvin Dixon 129
Larry Duplechan 137
Ralph Waldo Ellison 142
Arthur R. Flowers 154
Leon Forrest 158
Albert French 164
Ernest J. Gaines 168
Marita Golden 177
Sam Greenlee 185
Bill Gunn 192
E. Lynn Harris 198
Chester B. Himes 203
Kristin Hunter 211
Blyden Jackson 215
Charles Johnson 220
Gayl Jones 227
June Jordan 233
William Melvin Kelley 238
Randall Kenan 243
John Oliver Killens 250
Jamaica Kincaid 260
Andrea Lee 267
Audrey Lee 273
Philip Lewis 279
Audre Lorde 284
Clarence Major 289
Paule Marshall 295
Sharon Bell Mathis 304
John A. McCluskey, Jr. 309
Reginald McKnight 314
Terry McMillan 319
Louise Meriwether 327
Toni Morrison 331
Walter Mosley 350
Albert Murray 355
Walter Dean Myers 360
Gloria Naylor 366
Ann Petry 377
Carlene Hatcher Polite 384
Ishmael Reed 391
Jewell Parker Rhodes 401
Dori Sanders 407
Sapphire 411
Gil Scott-Heron 416
Ntozake Shange 421
Charlotte Watson Sherman 427
Ann Allen Shockley 433
April Sinclair 438
Ellease Southerland 443
Joyce Carol Thomas 449
Dawn Turner Trice 454
Alice Walker 458
Margaret Walker 469
Dorothy West 475
John Edgar Wideman 482
Sherley Anne Williams 491
Jacqueline Woodson 495
Sarah Elizabeth Wright 500
Frank Garvin Yerby 505
Selected Bibliography 513
Index 515
About the Editor and Contributors 525
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