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100 most popular African American authors : biographical sketches and bibliographies /
Bernard A. Drew.
imprint
Westport, Conn. : Libraries Unlimited, 2007.
description
x, 361 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
ISBN
1591583225 (pbk : alk. paper), 9781591583226 (pbk : alk. paper)
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imprint
Westport, Conn. : Libraries Unlimited, 2007.
isbn
1591583225 (pbk : alk. paper)
9781591583226 (pbk : alk. paper)
catalogue key
7168228
 
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
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'Of interest to high school readers and older, this volume consists of profiles of 100 popular, contemporary African American authors, mostly those who have become prominent in the past 25 years, but with some seminal figures such as Alex Haley, Langston Hughes, and Zora Neale Hurston. The profiles, which are presented alphabetically, provide brief biographies and discussions of their works, along with complete lists of their publications. Authors were chosen with an emphasis on popular fiction, durability, and US orientation in mind.'-Reference & Research Book News
'This great resource covers African-American writers from the well known to the up and coming and covers genres from poetry to contemporary literature and everything in between. This reference is intended to cover popular authors of the last 25 years....Each entry is clear, well organized, and complete with background information about the author's inspiration, influences, adult life, and writing aspirations. A "Benchmark Title" is included for each author as is a comprehensive bibliography of his or her work....This reference would be invaluable for any school requiring the use of concise African-American author information and review of critical analysis. Recommended.'-Library Media Connection
"This great resource covers African-American writers from the well known to the up and coming and covers genres from poetry to contemporary literature and everything in between. This reference is intended to cover popular authors of the last 25 years....Each entry is clear, well organized, and complete with background information about the author's inspiration, influences, adult life, and writing aspirations. A Benchmark Title is included for each author as is a comprehensive bibliography of his or her work....This reference would be invaluable for any school requiring the use of concise African-American author information and review of critical analysis. Recommended." – Library Media Connection
"Of interest to high school readers and older, this volume consists of profiles of 100 popular, contemporary African American authors, mostly those who have become prominent in the past 25 years, but with some seminal figures such as Alex Haley, Langston Hughes, and Zora Neale Hurston. The profiles, which are presented alphabetically, provide brief biographies and discussions of their works, along with complete lists of their publications. Authors were chosen with an emphasis on popular fiction, durability, and US orientation in mind." – Reference & Research Book News
"This great resource covers African-American writers from the well known to the up and coming and covers genres from poetry to contemporary literature and everything in between. This reference is intended to cover popular authors of the last 25 years....Each entry is clear, well organized, and complete with background information about the author's inspiration, influences, adult life, and writing aspirations. A "Benchmark Title" is included for each author as is a comprehensive bibliography of his or her work....This reference would be invaluable for any school requiring the use of concise African-American author information and review of critical analysis. Recommended."- Library Media Connection
"Teachers, librarians, and students will find this easy-to-read volume useful in identifying and reading about popular African American authors' backgrounds and their works." – American Reference Books Annual
"This book should appeal to a variety of readers. Included along with such standard figurs as Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou, and Alice Waters are newer or lesser-known authors. A useful tool for librarians and readers alike, this book is recommended for all collections." – Public Libraries
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Summaries
Main Description
Here's a one stop resource, containing 100 profiles of your favorite contemporary African American writers, along with complete lists of their works. Focusing on writers who have made their mark in the past 25 years, this guide stresses African American writers of popular and genre literature-from Rochelle Alers and Octavia Butler, and Samuel Delaney to Walter Mosley, and Omar Tyree, with a few classic literary giants also included. Short profiles provide an overview of the author's life and summarize his or her writing accomplishments. Many are accompanied by black-and-white photos of the author. The biographies are followed by a complete list of the author's published works.
Long Description
Where can you find information about popular, contemporary African American authors? Web sites can be difficult to locate and unreliable, particularly for some of the newer authors, and their contents are inconsistent and often inaccurate. Although there are a number of reference works on African American writers, the emphasis tends to be on historical and literary authors. Here's a single volume containing 100 profiles of your favorite contemporary African American writers, along with lists of their works. Short profiles provide an overview of the author's life and summarize his or her writing accomplishments. Many are accompanied by black-and-white photos of the author. The biographies are followed by a complete list of the author's published works. Focusing on writers who have made their mark in the past 25 years, this guide covers African American writers of popular and genre literature--from Rochelle Alers, Octavia Butler, and Samuel Delaney to Walter Mosley, Omar Tyree, and Zane. A few classic literary giants who are popular with today's readers are also included--e.g., Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, and Richard Wright. Readers who want to know more about their favorite African American authors or find other books written by those authors, students researching AA authors for reports and papers, and educators seeking background information for classes in African American literature will find this guide invaluable. (High school and up.)
Long Description
Here's a one stop resource, containing 100 profiles of your favorite contemporary African American writers, along with complete lists of their works. Focusing on writers who have made their mark in the past 25 years, this guide stresses African American writers of popular and genre literature-from Rochelle Alers and Octavia Butler, and Samuel Delaney to Walter Mosley, and Omar Tyree, with a few classic literary giants also included. Short profiles provide an overview of the author's life and summarize his or her writing accomplishments. Many are accompanied by black-and-white photos of the author. The biographies are followed by a complete list of the author's published works. Where can you find information about popular, contemporary African American authors? Web sites can be difficult to locate and unreliable, particularly for some of the newer authors, and their contents are inconsistent and often inaccurate. Although there are a number of reference works on African American writers, the emphasis tends to be on historical and literary authors. Here's a single volume containing 100 profiles of your favorite contemporary African American writers, along with lists of their works. Short profiles provide an overview of the author's life and summarize his or her writing accomplishments. Many are accompanied by black-and-white photos of the author. The biographies are followed by a complete list of the author's published works. Focusing on writers who have made their mark in the past 25 years, this guide covers African American writers of popular and genre literaturefrom Rochelle Alers, Octavia Butler, and Samuel Delaney to Walter Mosley, Omar Tyree, and Zane. A few classic literary giants who are popular with today's readers are also includede.g., Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, and Richard Wright. Readers who want to know more about their favorite African American authors or find other books written by those authors, students researching AA authors for reports and papers, and educators seeking background information for classes in African American literature will find this guide invaluable. (High school and up.)
Table of Contents
Introductionp. ix
Rochelle Alersp. 1
Maya Angeloup. 5
Tina McElroy Ansap. 9
James Baldwinp. 12
Toni Cade Bambarap. 16
Leslie Esdaile Banksp. 19
Steven Barnesp. 23
Angela Bensonp. 27
Eleanor Taylor Blandp. 30
Arna Bontempsp. 33
Michele Andrea Bowenp. 37
Dionne Brandp. 39
Connie Briscoep. 43
Anita Richmond Bunkleyp. 46
Octavia E. Butlerp. 49
Bebe Moore Campbellp. 52
Charlotte Carterp. 56
Lorene Caryp. 58
Barbara Chase-Riboudp. 61
Austin Clarkep. 64
Pearl Cleagep. 67
J. California Cooperp. 71
Edwidge Danticatp. 74
Samuel R. Delanyp. 77
Nora DeLoachp. 82
Eric Jerome Dickeyp. 84
Rita Dovep. 87
Sharon Mills Draperp. 91
Tananarive Duep. 94
David Anthony Durhamp. 98
Grace F. Edwardsp. 100
Percival Everettp. 102
Aisha Fordp. 106
Gwynne Forsterp. 109
Sharon Ewell Fosterp. 112
Ernest J. Gainesp. 115
Donald Goinesp. 118
Alex Haleyp. 121
Patricia Haleyp. 125
Virginia Hamiltonp. 127
Lorraine Hansberryp. 131
Gary Hardwickp. 135
E. Lynn Harrisp. 138
Gar Anthony Haywoodp. 141
Donna Hillp. 144
Chester Himesp. 148
Hugh Holton Jr.p. 152
Nalo Hopkinsonp. 155
Langston Hughesp. 159
Zora Neale Hurstonp. 165
Iceberg Slimp. 169
Brenda Jacksonp. 172
Beverly Jenkinsp. 176
Yolanda Joep. 179
Angela Johnsonp. 182
Gayl Jonesp. 186
Jamaica Kincaidp. 189
Sandra Kittp. 192
Julius Lesterp. 196
Paule Marshallp. 200
Felicia Masonp. 203
James McBridep. 206
James McEachinp. 209
Bernice L. McFaddenp. 211
Aaron McGruderp. 214
Diane McKinney-Whetstonep. 217
Terry McMillanp. 220
Mary Monroep. 225
Toni Morrisonp. 227
Walter Mosleyp. 231
Walter Dean Myersp. 236
Gloria Naylorp. 242
Barbara Neelyp. 246
Evelyn Palfreyp. 249
Alexs D. Patep. 251
Gary Phillipsp. 254
Connie Porterp. 258
Jeffrey A. Postonp. 261
Francis Rayp. 263
Ishmael Reedp. 266
John Ridleyp. 270
Kimberla Lawson Robyp. 273
Sister Souljahp. 276
Eboni Snoep. 279
Vickie M. Stringerp. 282
Mildred D. Taylorp. 284
Omar Tyreep. 287
Alice Walkerp. 291
Carl Weberp. 295
Valerie Wilson Wesleyp. 298
Chassie L. Westp. 301
John Edgar Widemanp. 305
John A. Williamsp. 308
Paula L. Woodsp. 312
Jacqueline Woodsonp. 315
Alice Wootsonp. 319
Courtni Wrightp. 321
Richard Wrightp. 324
Frank Yerbyp. 327
Zanep. 331
Author/Title Indexp. 335
Genre Indexp. 361
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