African American autobiographers: a sourcebook by Emmanuel S. Nelson

By Emmanuel S. Nelson

There's turning out to be well known and scholarly curiosity in autobiography, in addition to expanding regard for the achievements of African American writers. the 1st reference of its sort, this quantity chronicles the autobiographical culture in African American literature. integrated are alphabetically prepared entries for sixty six African American authors who current autobiographical fabric of their works. the amount profiles significant figures, comparable to Frederick Douglass, Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, and Malcolm X, in addition to many lesser recognized autobiographers who deserve higher consciousness. whereas a few are recognized basically for his or her literary accomplishments, others have received popularity of their varied contributions to society.The entries are written by means of specialist members and supply authoritative information regarding their matters. every one starts off with a concise biography, which summarizes the existence and achievements of the autobiographer. this can be through a dialogue of significant autobiographical works and subject matters, in addition to an outline of the autobiographer's serious reception. The entries shut with fundamental and secondary bibliographies, and a particular, common bibliography concludes the quantity. jointly, the entries offer a close portrait of the African American autobiographical culture from the 18th century to the current.

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New York: Random House, 1986.  New York: Bantam, 1993.  Detroit: Gale, 1985. 32.  Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice­Hall, 1993. , Readings on Maya Angelou 115–19. 6 (1984): 21.  33. ” Writer’s Digest (January 1975): 18–20.  167–72.  133–48.  Philadelphia: Chelsea House, 1999.  291–303. 17 (1981): 1919.  1–7.  in Bloom, Maya Angelou 125–42. 1 (Spring 1991): 95–108.  Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1974.  Best Sellers (January 1982): 376–77. ” Publications of the Mississippi Philological Association (1996): 6–12.

Intellectual Digest (June 1973): 18–21. ” New York Times, January 20, 1993, C1, C8.  Ed.  23–41. 116 (Fall 1990): 145–67.  An important aspect of Go Tell It on the Mountain are the themes of identity and the redemptive power of love, which will continue to resonate in Baldwin’s subsequent works.  Included in the collection was an earlier controversial piece, “Everybody’s Protest Novel,” published in 1949 in Zero, in which he attacked friend and mentor Richard Wright* and the whole genre of protest novels (Gates and McKay 1651– 52).

The middle passage and the auction block had not erased us” (207).  Angelou reiterates this hope at the Page 15 conclusion of All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes: “Through the centuries of despair and dislocation, we had been creative, because we faced down death by daring to hope” (207).  In 1973, Maya Angelou married her third husband, English writer and cartoonist Paul de Feu.  Revealing these painful events from her past was difficult for Angelou, but she hoped that by doing so others might benefit from her message: “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated” (Contemporary Literary Criticism 12:9).

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