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Encyclopedia of African-American Writing


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A timely survey of an important sector of American letters, this fourth edition of The Encyclopedia of African-American Writing covers the role and influence of African-American cultural leaders, from all walks of life, from the 17th century to the present. Readers will explore what inspired various African- American writers to create poems, plays, short stories, novels, essays, opinion pieces and numerous other works, and how those writings contributed to American culture.

  • New Coverage, this edition adds more than 50 author biographies, with a focus on contemporary writers on the forefront of today’s conversation about race in America.
  • Author Biographies, for a total of 550, with illustrations, cover the important events in a writer’s life, education, major works, honors and awards, and family and important associates.
  • Topical Entries, include writing collaboratives, book clubs, celebrity authors and self-publishing.
  • Primary Documents take the reader on a literary journey from a slave contract in 1635 to the present day.
  • Appendix of Writers by Occupation, covering additional authors in multiple genres, with author & pen name, birth year, genre and more.
  • Appendix of Writers by Genre, covering newspapers, journals, publishers, online resource, and illustrators, each with an introduction and listings of top authors in each genre, their pen names, key publications and awards.
  • Chronology of Writers
  • Historical Timelines
  • Chronology of Firsts, with interesting facts, from the first narrative written by an African-American slave, to the first African-American
    to receive the Nobel prize for literature.
  •  A list of Abbreviations, References & Cumulative Index

More than a collection of biographies, this important work traces the evolution of African-American writers, their struggles, triumphs, and legacy, and should not be missed. A comprehensive, easy-to-use source that will complement the reference collection of any public, high school or university library, this edition will prove useful to all university humanities and African American studies reference collections.


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