Contemporary African American Novelists

Contemporary African American Novelists

A Bio-bibliographical Critical Sourcebook

eBook - 1999
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During the last two decades, African American writers have emerged as a distinct and dominant force in world literature. This reference book offers lively, concise, and current information about the lives and imaginative works of 79 contemporary African American novelists. Each of the alphabetically arranged entries begins with a biographical sketch of the author, offers a judicious critical assessment of the author's major works, provides a representative sample of the critical responses the author's books have elicited, and concludes with a selected bibliography that lists the author's publications as well as useful secondary material. Included are entries for major figures, such as Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, James Baldwin, and Ralph Ellison, but many noteworthy young writers also receive the attention they deserve. Forty-one of the 79 writers discussed are women, and roughly a dozen of the novelists have identified themselves as gay, lesbian, or bisexual. Intended for students and advanced scholars alike, the volume is sophisticated yet accessible to a wide audience.

Greenwood Pub Group
Surveys the lives and works of 79 contemporary African American novelists, with each entry providing a biography, a discussion of issues and themes, a summary of the critical reception, and a bibliography of primary and secondary sources.

Book News
This introduction to the contemporary African American novel highlights 79 writers whose works thematize not only racism and its devastating implications but a wide range of issues and concerns. Each entry begins with relevant biographical information on the novelist, offers a critical commentary on his or her works, provides an overview of the critical reception accorded, and concludes with a selected bibliography that lists the primary works and the secondary sources. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1999
ISBN: 9780313007675
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xx, 530 pages)


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