African American Autobiographers: A Sourcebook by Emmanuel S. Nelson PDF

By Emmanuel S. Nelson

There is transforming into well known and scholarly curiosity in autobiography, besides expanding regard for the achievements of African American writers. the 1st reference of its type, this quantity chronicles the autobiographical culture in African American literature. incorporated are alphabetically prepared entries for sixty six African American authors who current autobiographical fabric of their works. the quantity profiles significant figures, corresponding to Frederick Douglass, Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, and Malcolm X, besides many lesser identified autobiographers who deserve better cognizance. whereas a few are identified essentially for his or her literary accomplishments, others have received approval for their various contributions to society.

The entries are written by means of professional participants and supply authoritative information regarding their matters. each one starts with a concise biography, which summarizes the lifestyles and achievements of the autobiographer. this is often by way of a dialogue of significant autobiographical works and issues, in addition to an outline of the autobiographer's serious reception. The entries shut with basic and secondary bibliographies, and a particular, normal bibliography concludes the amount. jointly, the entries offer an in depth portrait of the African American autobiographical culture from the 18th century to the present.

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