Dictionary of Literary Biography: Twentieth-Century Carribean and Black African Writers / Edition 3

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This recent "DLB" volume profiles 18 African and 12 Caribbean authors, only 3 of whom have been written about in this series before. Included is Derek Walcott, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature for 1992; other familiar names are Chinua Achebe, Buchi Emecheta, and Jean Rhys. Nigeria (7 authors), South Africa (5), Ghana (5), and Guyana (5) are the most-represented countries. The Caribbean authors included are also of African heritage or are closely identified with it; Caribbean authors of Hispanic descent are covered in other "DLB" volumes As in other DLB volumes, each article begins with a list of the author's writings and ends with a bibliography of relevant critical writings. Articles trace the development of each writer's career and vary in length from 4 to 23 pages. All are interesting reading. Photographs, representations of book jackets and manuscript pages, quotations from works, etc., are used by way of illustration. The book ends with an appended article about autobiographical slave narratives and a bibliography on the larger subject of the volume. Articles are signed, and contributors' affiliations are given. There is a series index. A second volume on Caribbean and African writers is planned This volume is for all libraries that have made a commitment to the "DLB" series and for those whose patrons would be interested in these authors.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810393523
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 11/7/1995
  • Series: Dictionary of Literary Biography, #15
  • Edition description: 3RD
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 408

Table of Contents

Plan of the Series
Kofi Anyidoho (1947-) 3
Erna Brodber (1940-) 17
Jan Carew (1920-) 27
Chinweizu (1943-) 36
Michelle Cliff (1946-) 49
Merle Collins (1950-) 59
Fred D'Aguiar (1960-) 67
H. I. E. Dhlomo (1903-1956) 79
Lorna Goodison (1947-) 85
Chukwuemeka Ike (1931-) 96
Francis D. Imbuga (1947-) 105
Festus Iyayi (1947-) 113
Linton Kwesi Johnson (1952-) 123
Jamaica Kincaid (1949-) 131
Kojo Laing (1946-) 140
David G. Maillu (1939-) 150
Matsemela Manaka (1956-) 159
Jack Mapanje (1944-) 170
Dambudzo Marechera (1952-1987) 181
Paule Marshall (1929-) 192
Una Marson (1905-1965) 203
Charles Mungoshi (1947-) 209
Shiva Naipaul (1945-1985) 218
Njabulo Ndebele (1948-) 227
Grace Nichols (1950-) 235
Lewis Nkosi (1936-) 241
Wale Ogunyemi (1939-) 251
Isidore Okpewho (1941-) 262
Ben Okri (1959-) 277
Niyi Osundare (1947-) 286
Marlene Nourbese Philip (1947-) 296
Caryl Phillips (1958-) 307
John Ruganda (1941-) 323
Ken Saro-Wiwa (1941-) 331
Olive Senior (1941-) 340
Sipho Sepamla (1932-) 349
Zulu Sofola (1938-) 361
Bode Sowande (1948-) 371
Miriam Tlali (1933-) 381
Books for Further Reading 389
Contributors 393
Cumulative Index 397
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