African American Dramatists: An A-to-Z Guide: An A-to-Z Guide

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Emmanuel S. Nelson
ABC-CLIO, Oct 30, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 544 pages
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Despite their significant contributions to the American theater, African American dramatists have received less critical attention than novelists and poets. This reference offers thorough critical assessments of the lives and works of African American playwrights from the 19th century to the present. The book alphabetically arranges entries on more than 60 dramatists, including James Baldwin, Arna Bontemps, Ossie Davis, Zora Neale Hurston, and Richard Wright. Each entry is written by an expert contributor and includes a biography, a discussion of major works and themes, a summary of the playwright's critical reception, and primary and secondary bibliographies. The volume closes with a selected, general bibliography.

African American dramatists have made enormous contributions to the theater and their works are included in numerous editions and anthologies. Some of the most popular plays of the 20th century have been written by African Americans, and high school students and undergraduates study their works. But for all their popularity and influence, African American playwrights have received less critical attention than poets and novelists. This reference offers thorough critical assessments of more than 60 African American dramatists from the 19th century to the present.

 

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Contents

Ira Aldridge 18071867
1
James Baldwin 19241987
7
Amiri Baraka1934
17
Marita Bonner 18981971
33
Arna Bontemps 19021973
40
William Blackwell Branch 1927
45
William Wells Brown 18141884
51
Elizabeth BrownGuillory 1954
56
Samuel L Kelley 1948
260
Adrienne Kennedy 1931
265
May Miller 18991995
283
Ron Milner 19382004
289
Loften Mitchell 19192001
300
Barbara Molette 1940
311
Richard Bruce Nugent 19061987
316
Robert OHara 1970
321

Ed Bullins1935
64
Ben Caldwell 1937
78
Vinnette Carroll 19222002
88
Pearl Cleage 1948
96
Kathleen Conwell Collins 19421988
102
Joan California Cooper ?
109
Kia Corthron1962
115
Ossie Davis 1917
125
Thomas Covington Dent 19321998
133
Owen Dodson 19141983
140
Alice Moore DunbarNelson 18751935
148
Lonne Elder III 19311996
154
Rudolph Fisher 18971934
167
Je Franklin 1937
172
Charles Gordone 19251995
177
Shirley Graham 18961977
182
Micki Grant 1941
188
Angelina Weld Grimké 18801958
196
William Harrison Gunn 19341989
200
Lorraine Hansberry 19301965
208
Leslie Pinckney Hill 18801960
217
Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins 18591930
223
Langston Hughes 19021967
226
Zora Neale Hurston 18911960
247
Georgia Douglas Johnson 1880?1966
253
OyamO 1943
330
SuzanLori Parks 1964
336
Louis Stamford Peterson 19221998
347
Aishah Rahman 1937
352
Willis Richardson 18891977
358
Sonia Sanchez 1934
371
Victor Sejour 18171874
382
Ntozake Shange1948
387
Ted Shine 1931
408
Anna Deavere Smith 1950
417
Eulalie Spence 18941981
429
Wallace Thurman 19021934
435
Eugene Jean Pinchback Toomer 18941967
440
Joseph A Walker 1935
451
Douglas Turner Ward 1930
456
SammArt Williams 1946
464
August Wilson 1945
472
Charlayne Woodard 1955
491
Richard Wright 19081960
498
Marvin X 1944
503
Selected Bibliography
515
Index
517
About the Contributors
523
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EMMANUEL S. NELSON is Professor of English at the State University of New York, Cortland. His many books include African American Authors, 1745-1945 (2000), Contemporary African American Novelists (1999), African American Autobiographers (2002), and Contemporary Gay American Poets and Playwrights (2003), all available from Greenwood Press.

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