100 Most Popular African American Authors: Biographical Sketches and Bibliographies

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Libraries Unlimited, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 361 pages
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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 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.)

 

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Contents

Maya Angelou
5
Tina McElroy Ansa
9
James Baldwin
12
Toni Cade Bambara
16
Leslie Esdaile Banks
19
Steven Barnes
23
Angela Benson
27
Eleanor Taylor Bland
30
Beverly Jenkins
176
Yolanda Joe
179
Angela Johnson
182
Gayl Jones
186
Jamaica Kincaid
189
Sandra Kitt
192
Julius Lester
196
Paule Marshall
200

Arna Bontemps
33
Michele Andrea Bowen
37
Dionne Brand
39
Connie Briscoe
43
Anita Richmond Bunkley
46
Octavia E Butler
49
Bebe Moore Campbell
52
Charlotte Carter
56
Lorene Cary
58
Barbara ChaseRiboud
61
Austin Clarke
64
Pearl Cleage
67
J California Cooper
71
Edwidge Danticat
74
Samuel R Delany
77
Nora DeLoach
82
Eric Jerome Dickey
84
Rita Dove
87
Sharon Mills Draper
91
Tananarive Due
94
David Anthony Durham
98
Grace F Edwards
100
Percival Everett
102
Aisha Ford
106
Gwynne Forster
109
Sharon Ewell Foster
112
Ernest J Gaines
115
Donald Goines
118
Alex Haley
121
Patricia Haley
125
Virginia Hamilton
127
Lorraine Hansberry
131
Gary Hardwick
135
E Lynn Harris
138
Gar Anthony Haywood
141
Donna Hill
144
Chester Himes
148
Hugh Holton Jr
152
Nalo Hopkinson
155
Langston Hughes
159
Zora Neale Hurston
165
Iceberg Slim
169
Brenda Jackson
172
Felicia Mason
203
James McBride
206
James McEachin
209
Bernice L McFadden
211
Aaron McGruder
214
Diane McKinneyWhetstone
217
Terry McMillan
220
Mary Monroe
225
Toni Morrison
227
Walter Mosley
231
Walter Dean Myers
236
Gloria Naylor
242
Barbara Neely
246
Evelyn Palfrey
249
Alexs D Pate
251
Gary Phillips
254
Connie Porter
258
Jeffrey A Poston
261
Francis Ray
263
Ishmael Reed
266
John Ridley
270
Kimberla Lawson Roby
273
Sister Souljah
276
Eboni Snoe
279
Vickie M Stringer
282
Mildred D Taylor
284
Omar Tyree
287
Alice Walker
291
Carl Weber
295
Valerie Wilson Wesley
298
Chassie L West
301
John Edgar Wideman
305
John A Williams
308
Paula L Woods
312
Jacqueline Woodson
315
Alice Wootson
319
Courtni Wright
321
Richard Wright
324
Frank Yerby
327
Zane
331
AuthorTitle Index
335
Genre Index
361
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About the author (2007)

Bernard A. Drew is a freelance writer/editor and book author of numerous articles and books, including 100 Most Popular Young Adult Authors (Libraries Unlimited, 2002) and 100 Most Popular Genre Authors (Libraries Unlimited, 2005).

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