By Emmanuel S. Nelson
There is turning out to be renowned 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, in addition to many lesser recognized autobiographers who deserve larger recognition. whereas a few are identified basically for his or her literary accomplishments, others have received popularity of their varied contributions to society.
The entries are written by means of specialist individuals and supply authoritative information regarding their matters. every one starts with a concise biography, which summarizes the existence and achievements of the autobiographer. this is often through a dialogue of significant autobiographical works and subject matters, besides an summary of the autobiographer's serious reception. The entries shut with basic and secondary bibliographies, and a specific, normal bibliography concludes the quantity. jointly, the entries supply an in depth portrait of the African American autobiographical culture from the 18th century to the present.
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African American Autobiographers: A Sourcebook by Emmanuel S. Nelson