African American Authors, 1745-1945: A Bio-Bibliographical by Emmanuel S. Nelson

By Emmanuel S. Nelson

There has been a dramatic resurgence of curiosity in early African American writing. because the unintentional rediscovery and republication of Harriet Wilson's Our Nig in 1983, the works of dozens of nineteenth and early twentieth century black writers were recovered and reprinted. there's now an important revival of curiosity within the Harlem Renaissance of the Twenties; and within the final decade by myself, a number of significant tests of 18th and nineteenth century African American literature were released. Early African American literature builds on a robust oral culture of songs, folktales, and sermons. Slave narratives started to appear through the past due 18th and early nineteenth century, and later writers started to interact quite a few subject matters in diversified genres.

A critical goal of this reference publication is to supply a wide-ranging advent to the 1st 2 hundred years of African American literature. incorporated are alphabetically prepared entries for seventy eight black writers lively among 1745 and 1945. between those writers are essayists, novelists, brief tale writers, poets, playwrights, and autobiographers. every one access is written by means of knowledgeable contributor and gives a biography, a dialogue of significant works and subject matters, an summary of the author's severe reception, and first and secondary bibliographies. the amount concludes with a specific, common bibliography.

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Brawley, Benjamin. Early Negro American Writers. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1935. Brown, William Wells. The Rising Son: or, the Antecedents and Advancement of the Colored Race. Boston: A. G. Brown, 1874; Miami: Mnemosyne, 1969. Jackson, Blyden. A History of Afro-American Literature. Vol. 1. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1989. Kerlin, Robert T. Negro Poets and Their Poems. Washington, DC: Associated, 1923, 1935. Loggins, Vernon. The Negro Author: His Development in America, 1900.

Ed. Roseann P. Bell, Bettye J. Parker, and Beverly Guy-Sheftall. Garden City, NY: Anchor Books/Doubleday, 1979. 69–86. ———. Color, Sex, and Poetry. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1987. Johnson, James Weldon. The Book of American Negro Poetry. New York: Harcourt, Brace, and World, 1922. Lewis, David Levering. When Harlem Was in Vogue. New York: Knopf, 1981. Locke, Alain, ed. The New Negro: His Heritage and Literature. 1925. New York: Arno Press, 1968. Redmond, Eugene B. Drumvoices: The Mission of Afro-American Poetry.

From behind the Veil: A Study of Afro-American Narrative. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1979. ———. ” In Sundquist, 135–53. , ed. New Essays on Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1986. Winks, Robin W. The Blacks in Canada: A History. 2nd ed. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1997. MARITA BONNER (1898 – 1971) Heather E. Spahr BIOGRAPHY Marita Odette Bonner was born on June 16, 1898, to Joseph Andrew and Mary Anne (Noel) Bonner. While most accounts of Bonner list her birth year as 1899, Lorraine Roses and Ruth Randolph note in “Marita Bonner: In Search of Other Mothers’ Gardens” that it was actually 1898–a fact taken from records held by the City of Boston Registry of Records and Vital Statistics (165).

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