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African-American writers /
Philip Bader.
imprint
New York : Facts On File, c2004.
description
x, 294 p. : ports. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0816048606 (acid-free paper)
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Book
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imprint
New York : Facts On File, c2004.
isbn
0816048606 (acid-free paper)
catalogue key
5391948
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 267-270) and indexes.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Philip Bader holds a B.A. in literature from the University of Nebraska. He is the author of three nonfiction books, as well as numerous articles and entry contributions to reference works
First Chapter
African-American authors have consistently explored the political dimensions of literature and its ability to affect social change. African-American literature has also provided an essential framework for shaping cultural identity and solidarity. From the early slave narratives to the folklore and dialect verse of the Harlem Renaissance to the modern novels of today, black authors have returned to the roots of their African heritage, preserved in the songs and stories of their oppressed ancestors, and united it with their life experiences to create unique works of art. African-American Writers is a concise and comprehensive reference work that documents the extraordinary achievements of African-American authors in a wide range of genres.
This volume addresses those authors whose works are readily available in print and are prominent in high school and college curricula. Lesser-known writers whose works are nonetheless central to an understanding of the development of African-American literature are also profiled. Each profile provides basic and interesting biographical information about the writer as well as detailing the impact that he or she has had in shaping a unique literary tradition. Novelists, poets, nonfiction writers, journalists, science fiction writers, children's and young adult fiction writers, essayists, and literary and cultural critics are included. In addition to entries on individual writers, major literary movements (e.g., Harlem Renaissance, Black Arts Movement) are also discussed in the introduction to provide a background to the social and political forces that shaped the literature of different periods. A general bibliography, two subject indexes (one by activity, one by year of birth), a general index, and approximately 50 black-and-white photographs complement the text.
Profiles include:
Maya Angelou: poet, novelist, essayist, autobiographer, screenwriter and director, actor, playwright, children's fiction writer, educator
James Baldwin: essayist, novelist, poet, playwright, educator, civil rights activist
Countee Cullen: poet, novelist, editor, educator
Rita Dove: poet, short story writer, novelist, essayist, playwright, educator
Jamaica Kincaid: short fiction writer, novelist, essayist, editor, educator
Toni Morrison: novelist, playwright, essayist, editor, educator
Cornel West: literary critic, essayist, editor, educator
and many others.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2004-05-01:
Part of Facts On File's "A to Z of African Americans" series, which highlights the lives of notable African Americans in a variety of fields (e.g., athletics, business, politics, and science), this volume features biographical entries on 145 African American authors. Emphasizing writers whose works are still in print and are regularly part of high school and college curricula, it covers novelists, poets, journalists, children's and young adult authors, nonfiction writers, and critics. Among them are well-known figures like Ralph Ellison and Countee Cullen and contemporary voices like Suzan-Lori Parks and Edwidge Danticat. Ranging from one to three pages, the entries include basic biographical data, a discussion of major works and their impact, a list of titles for further reading, and, in some cases, black-and-white photos. All of the entries are clear and focused and manage to be comprehensive. In the introductory essay, Bader, the author of three works of nonfiction and countless entry contributions to other references, briefly introduces the major movements in African American writing. Most impressive is the choice of indexes: authors are listed alphabetically as well as by literary genre, movement, subject matter, style, and year of birth, which will prove extremely helpful to students and researchers. While both The Norton Anthology of African American Literature, edited by Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Nellie Y. McKay, and The Oxford Companion to African American Literature, edited by William L. Andrews and others, provide more comprehensive lists of authors, they are somewhat old. This volume's longer entries, illustrations, and indexes make it a worthwhile addition to high school, public, and academic libraries. [Bader is an LJ audio reviewer. Ed.] Michele McGraw, Hennepin Cty. P.L., Edina, MN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 2004-07-01:
One of ten volumes so far in Facts on File's "A to Z of African Americans" series, this volume covers 151 writers, including the expected novelists, poets, and dramatists, but adding essayists, literary critics, and abolitionists, among others. Entries are alphabetical and range from relatively unknown poets of the 18th century (Jupiter Hammon, Lucy Terry) to the novelists of today's generation (Colson Whitehead, Edwidge Danticat). Entries generally run from one to three pages, are well written and concise, and are followed by a handful of further readings. The text is preceded by a three-page introduction that briefly outlines the intricate history of African American literature. The work includes over 50 black-and-white photos and clear cross-references. It concludes with the useful but brief "Bibliography and Recommended Sources," as well as helpful lists of entries by genre, subject ("Expatriates," "Folklore," "Harlem Renaissance," "Jazz," "Protest"), and author's year of birth. The index helps locate titles of works when the author is unknown. Although very useful, this source might better be termed a "concise" encyclopedia. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General readers; undergraduates. M. P. Tosko University of Akron
Reviews
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Library Journal, May 2004
Reference & Research Book News, May 2004
Voice of Youth Advocates, June 2004
Choice, July 2004
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Summaries
Unpaid Annotation
African-American authors have consistently explored the political dimensions of literature and its ability to affect social change. African-American literature has also provided an essential framework for shaping cultural identity and solidarity. From the early slave narratives to the folklore and dialect verse of the Harlem Renaissance to the modern novels of today, black authors have returned to the roots of their African heritage, preserved in the songs and stories of their oppressed ancestors, and united it with their life experiences to create unique works of art. African-American Writers is a concise and comprehensive reference work that documents the extraordinary achievements of African-American authors in a wide range of genres. This volume addresses those authors whose works are readily available in print and are prominent in high school and college curricula. Lesser-known writers whose works are nonetheless central to an understanding of the development of African-American literature are also profiled. Each profile provides basic and interesting biographical information about the writer as well as detailing the impact that he or she has had in shaping a unique literary tradition. Novelists, poets, nonfiction writers, journalists, science fiction writers, children's and young adult fiction writers, essayists, and literary and cultural critics are included. In addition to entries on individual writers, major literary movements (e.g., Harlem Renaissance, Black Arts Movement) are also discussed in the introduction to provide a background to the social and political forces that shaped the literature of different periods. A general bibliography, two subject indexes (one by activity, one by year of birth), a general index, and approximately 50 black-and-white photographs complement the text. Profiles include: Maya Angelou: poet, novelist, essayist, autobiographer, screenwriter and director, actor, playwright, children's fiction writer, educator James Baldwin: essayist, novelist, poet, playwright, educator, civil rights activist Countee Cullen: poet, novelist, editor, educator Rita Dove: poet, short story writer, novelist, essayist, playwright, educator Jamaica Kincaid: short fiction writer, novelist, essayist, editor, educator Toni Morrison: novelist, playwright, essayist, editor, educator Cornel West: literary critic, essayist, editor, educator and many others.
Unpaid Annotation
African-American authors have consistently explored the political dimensions of literature and its ability to affect social change. African-American literature has also provided an essential framework for shaping cultural identity and solidarity. From the early slave narratives to the folklore and dialect verse of the Harlem Renaissance to the modern novels of today
Unpaid Annotation
A to Z biographical entries covering African Americans whose work as writers has had an impact on American society. Includes three subject indexes, further reading lists, a general bibliography, general introduction, and a general index.
Table of Contents
List of Entriesp. iv
Acknowledgmentsp. vi
Introductionp. vii
A to Z Entriesp. 1
Bibliography and Recommended Sourcesp. 267
Entries by Literary Genrep. 271
Entries by Literary Movement/Subject Matter/Stylep. 276
Entries by Year of Birthp. 279
Indexp. 281
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