Encyclopedia of African American Women Writers (Google eBook)

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Yolanda Williams Page
Greenwood Publishing Group, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 728 pages
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African American women writers published extensively during the Harlem Renaissance and have been extraordinarily prolific since the 1970s. This book surveys the world of African American women writers. Included are alphabetically arranged entries on more than 150 novelists, poets, playwrights, short fiction writers, autobiographers, essayists, and influential scholars. The Encyclopedia covers established contemporary authors such as Toni Morrison and Gloria Naylor, along with a range of neglected and emerging figures. Each entry is written by an expert contributor and provides a brief biography, a discussion of major works, a survey of the author's critical reception, and primary and secondary bibliographies. Literature students will value this book for its exploration of African American literature, while social studies students will appreciate its examination of social issues through literature.

African American women writers have made an enormous contribution to our culture. Many of these authors wrote during the Harlem Renaissance, a particularly vital time in African American arts and letters, while others have been especially active since the 1970s, an era in which works by African American women are adapted into films and are widely read in book clubs. Literature by African American women is important for its aesthetic qualities, and it also illuminates the social issues which these authors have confronted. This book conveniently surveys the lives and works of African American women writers.

Included are alphabetically arranged entries on more than 150 African American women novelists, poets, playwrights, short fiction writers, autobiographers, essayists, and influential scholars. Some of these figures, such as Toni Morrison and Gloria Naylor, are among the most popular authors writing today, while others have been largely neglected or are recently emerging.

Each entry provides a biography, a discussion of major works, a survey of the writer's critical reception, and primary and secondary bibliographies. The Encyclopedia closes with a selected, general bibliography. Students and general readers will welcome this guide to the rich achievement of African American women. Literature students will value its exploration of the works of these writers, while social studies students will appreciate its examination of the social issues these women confront in their works.

  

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Contents

FRONT MATTER
i
CONTENTS
vii
PREFACE
xiii
LIST OF AUTHORS BY GENRE
xv
PINKIE GORDON LANE
347
NELLA LARSEN
350
KRISTIN HUNTER LATTANY
355
ANDREA LEE
360

TONI CADE BAMBARA
28
GWENDOLYN BENNETT
35
MARITA BONNER
39
CANDY DAWSON BOYD
43
JOANNE BRAXTON
46
GWENDOLYN BROOKS
49
LINDA BEATRICE BROWN
56
ANNIE LOUISE BURTON
59
OLIVIA WARD BUSHBANKS
61
OCTAVIA BUTLER
64
JEANNETTE FRANKLIN CAINES
71
BEBE MOORE CAMPBELL
74
BARBARA CHASERIBOUD
76
ALICE CHILDRESS
79
BARBARA T CHRISTIAN
85
PEARL T CLEAGE
88
MICHELLE CLIFF
92
LUCILLE CLIFTON
94
WANDA COLEMAN
101
EUGENIA W COLLIER
103
KATHLEEN CONWELL COLLINS
106
ANNA JULIA HAYWARD COOPER
112
J CALIFORNIA COOPER
116
JAYNE CORTEZ
121
MARGARET ESSE DANNER
127
EDWIDGE DANTICAT
132
DORIS DAVENPORT
141
ANGELA Y DAVIS
145
LUCY DELANEY
149
TOINETTE MARIE DERRICOTTE
151
ALEXIS DE VEAUX
155
EDWINA STREETER DIXON
161
RITA DOVE
163
KATE DRUMGOOLD
169
SHIRLEY GRAHAM DUBOIS
171
ALICE DUNBARNELSON
174
GRACE EDWARDSYEARWOOD
180
ZILPHA ELAW
182
MARI EVANS
186
SARAH WEBSTER FABIO
191
JESSIE REDMON FAUSET
193
CAROLYN FERRELL
200
JULIA FIELDS
202
JULIA A J FOOTE
204
PATRICE GAINES
207
PATRICIA JOANN GIBSON
209
MERCEDES GILBERT
211
NIKKI GIOVANNI
213
MARITA GOLDEN
218
JEWELLE GOMEZ
223
ELOISE GREENFIELD
227
ANGELINA WELD GRIMKE
229
ROSA GUY
235
BEVERLY GUYSHEFTALL
237
MADAME EMMA AZALIASMITH HACKLEY
241
VIRGINIA HAMILTON
244
LORRAINE HANSBERRY
251
JOYCE HANSEN
259
FRANCES ELLEN WATKINS HARPER
261
JUANITA HARRISON
264
SAFIYA HENDERSONHOLMES
266
CAROLIVIA HERRON
268
FRENCHY JOLENE HODGES
271
BELL HOOKS
273
PAULINE ELIZABETH HOPKINS
278
ZORA NEALE HURSTON
283
ANGELA JACKSON
292
ELAINE JACKSON
296
MAE JACKSON
299
MATTIE JANE JACKSON
301
REBECCA COX JACKSON
303
HARRIET ANN JACOBS
305
AMELIA E JOHNSON
309
GEORGIA DOUGLAS JOHNSON
312
HELEN JOHNSON
317
GAYL JONES
321
JUNE JORDAN
326
ELIZABETH HOBBS KECKLEY
331
ADRIENNE KENNEDY
334
JAMAICA KINCAID
341
HELEN ELAINE LEE
364
JARENA LEE
366
AUDRE GERALDINE LORDE
369
NAOMI LONG MADGETT
377
PAULE MARSHALL
382
SHARON BELL MATHIS
388
VICTORIA EARLE MATTHEWS
391
COLLEEN J MCELROY
393
PATRICIA MCKISSACK
397
TERRY MCMILLAN
399
LOUISE MERIWETHER
402
MAY MILLER
406
ARTHENIA J BATES MILLICAN
411
MARY MONROE
413
ANNE MOODY
416
OPAL J MOORE
420
TONI MORRISON
423
GERTRUDE BUSTILL MOSSELL
434
BEATRICE MURPHY
439
PAULI MURRAY
441
GLORIA NAYLOR
444
BARBARA NEELY
449
DIANE OLIVER
451
BRENDA MARIE OSBEY
453
PAT PARKER
457
SUZANLORI PARKS
459
ANN PETRY
465
ANN PLATO
468
CONNIE PORTER
470
ELIZA POTTER
472
MARY PRINCE
474
NANCY PRINCE
477
AISHAH RAHMAN
480
ALICE RANDALL
483
HENRIETTA CORDELIA RAY
486
JEWELL PARKER RHODES
488
CAROLYN MARIE RODGERS
493
MONA LISA SALOY
495
SONIA SANCHEZ
497
DORI SANDERS
503
MARY SEACOLE
508
FATIMA SHAIK
511
NTOZAKE SHANGE
514
ANN ALLEN SHOCKLEY
522
AMANDA BERRY SMITH
527
ANNA DEAVERE SMITH
529
ELLEASE SOUTHERLAND
532
MARIA W STEWART
536
BARBARA SUMMERS
540
ELLEN TARRY
542
CLAUDIA TATE
544
MILDRED D TAYLOR
547
SUSIE KING TAYLOR
550
LISA TEASLEY
552
LUCY TERRY
554
JOYCE CAROL THOMAS
556
ERA BELL THOMPSON
561
KATHERINE DAVIS CHAPMAN TILLMAN
563
RUTH D TODD
567
MARY ELIZABETH VROMAN
569
GLORIA WADEGAYLES
572
ALICE WALKER
578
MARGARET WALKER
589
MILDRED PITTS WALTER
595
MARILYN NELSON WANIEK
598
IDA B WELLSBARNETT
601
DOROTHY WEST
606
PHILLIS WHEATLEY
610
PAULETTE CHILDRESS WHITE
614
BRENDA WILKINSON
616
FANNIE BARRIER WILLIAMS
620
SHERLEY ANNE WILLIAMS
624
HARRIET E WILSON
629
SARAH ELIZABETH WRIGHT
633
SHAY YOUNGBLOOD
636
APPENDIX LIST OF AWARDS AND AUTHORS
641
BIBLIOGRAPHY OF WORKS
647
INDEX
653
ABOUT THE EDITOR AND THE CONTRIBUTORS
665
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About the author (2007)

YOLANDA WILLIAMS PAGE is Coordinator of Collegiate Success at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Prior to that position she worked at Dillard University, where she served as Assistant Dean of Humanities and was an associate professor of English.

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