By Emmanuel S. Nelson
There is transforming into well known and scholarly curiosity in autobiography, in addition to 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, equivalent to Frederick Douglass, Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, and Malcolm X, besides many lesser identified autobiographers who deserve higher realization. whereas a few are recognized essentially for his or her literary accomplishments, others have won approval for their different contributions to society.
The entries are written via specialist members and supply authoritative information regarding their topics. each one starts with a concise biography, which summarizes the lifestyles and achievements of the autobiographer. this can be by way of a dialogue of significant autobiographical works and topics, besides an summary of the autobiographer's severe reception. The entries shut with fundamental and secondary bibliographies, and a particular, normal bibliography concludes the amount. jointly, the entries supply a close 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