By Emmanuel S. Nelson
There is becoming 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, resembling Frederick Douglass, Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, and Malcolm X, in addition to many lesser recognized autobiographers who deserve higher realization. whereas a few are recognized basically for his or her literary accomplishments, others have won popularity of their diversified contributions to society.
The entries are written through specialist members and supply authoritative information regarding their matters. every 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 topics, besides 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 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