African American Authors, 1745-1945: Bio-bibliographical Critical Sourcebook

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Emmanuel Sampath Nelson
Greenwood Publishing Group, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 525 pages
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There has been a dramatic resurgence of interest in early African American writing. Since the accidental rediscovery and republication of Harriet Wilson's Our Nig in 1983, the works of dozens of 19th and early 20th century black writers have been recovered and reprinted. There is now a significant revival of interest in the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s; and in the last decade alone, several major assessments of 18th and 19th century African American literature have been published. Early African American literature builds on a strong oral tradition of songs, folktales, and sermons. Slave narratives began to appear during the late 18th and early 19th century, and later writers began to engage a variety of themes in diverse genres.

A central objective of this reference book is to provide a wide-ranging introduction to the first 200 years of African American literature. Included are alphabetically arranged entries for 78 black writers active between 1745 and 1945. Among these writers are essayists, novelists, short story writers, poets, playwrights, and autobiographers. Each entry is written by an expert contributor and provides a biography, a discussion of major works and themes, an overview of the author's critical reception, and primary and secondary bibliographies. The volume concludes with a selected, general bibliography.

 

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Contents

ELIZABETH LAURA ADAMS
1
OCTAVTA VICTORIA ROGERS ALBERT
6
JAMES MADISON BELL
13
GWENDOLYN BENNETT
18
HENRY WALTON BIBB
24
MARITA BONNER
30
ARNA BONTEMPS
36
WILLIAM STANLEY BRAITHWAITE
44
AMELIA E JOHNSON
280
GEORGIA DOUGLAS JOHNSON
284
HELENE JOHNSON
290
JAMES WELDON JOHNSON
297
ELIZABETH KECKLEY
306
EMMA DUNHAM KELLEY HAWKINS
311
NELLA LARSEN
316
JARENA LEE
324

CLAUDE BROWN
50
STERLING A BROWN
57
WILLIAM WELLS BROWN
64
CHARLES WADDELL CHESNUTT
73
ANNA JULIA COOPER
80
COUNTEE CULLEN
88
LUCY A DELANEY
98
MARTIN ROBINSON DELANY
101
FREDERICK DOUGLASS
108
WEB DU BOIS
121
PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR
132
ALICE MOORE DUNBARNELSON
139
OLAUDAH EQUIANO
147
JESSIE REDMON FAUSET
155
RUDOLPH FISHER
161
SARAH LEE BROWN FLEMING
170
MARCUS MOSIAH GARVEY JR
175
EDYTHE MAE GORDON
184
SUTTON E GRIGGS
188
ANGELINA WELD GRIMKE
194
CHARLOTTE LOTTIE FORTEN GRIMKE
199
BRITON MAMMON
205
JUPITER MAMMON
209
FRANCES ELLEN WATKINS HARPER
213
JUANITA HARRISON
220
GEORGE WYLIE HENDERSON
224
PAULINE ELIZABETH HOPKINS
231
GEORGE MOSES HORTON
239
JAMES H W HOWARD
244
LANGSTON HUGHES
249
ZORA NEALE HURSTON
259
REBECCA COX JACKSON
270
HARRIET ANN JACOBS
275
ALAIN LOCKE
329
JOHN MARRANT
334
CLAUDE MCKAY
338
RICHARD BRUCE NUGENT
349
ELIZA C POTTER
353
MARY PRINCE
357
NANCY PRINCE
361
HENRIETTA CORDELIA RAY
366
MARY SEACOLE
371
MARIA W STEWART
375
MARY CHURCH TERRELL
379
LUCY TERRY
384
WALLACE THURMAN
387
KATHERINE DAVIS CHAPMAN TILLMAN
396
MELVIN BEAUNORUS TOLSON
400
EUGENE JEAN PINCHBACK TOOMER
408
SOJOURNER TRUTH
418
DAVID WALKER
424
ERIC WALROND
429
BOOKER T WASHINGTON
440
FRANK WEBB
448
IDA B WELLSBARNETT
455
PHILLIS WHEATLEY
463
WALTER WHITE
469
JAMES MONROE WHITFIELD
474
ALBERY ALLSON WHITMAN
479
HARRIET E WILSON
483
RICHARD WRIGHT
488
ZARA WRIGHT
508
Selected Bibliography
513
Index
515
About the Editor and Contributors
521
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EMMANUEL S. NELSON is Professor of English at the State University of New York College at Cortland. He is the author of more than 30 articles, and his previous books include Contemporary African American Novelists: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook (1999), Contemporary Gay American Novelists: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook (1993), Writers of the Indian Diaspora: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook (1993), and Reworlding: The Literature of the Indian Diaspora (1992), all available from Greenwood Press.

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