Making Callaloo : 25 Years of Black Literature
An anthology of fiction and poetry published in the literary journal <i>Callaloo</i> in the past quarter century, this book is a particularly good source for contemporary literature. It includes work from some familiar names like John Edgar Wideman and Ralph Ellison as well as from emerging talents.
My Soul Has Grown Deep : Classics of Early African-American Literature
The classic work of twelve towering figures, from Phillis Wheatley and Jarena Lee to Paul Laurence Dunbar and W.E.B. DuBois are collected in this book, all with introductions from John Edgar Wideman. His selections were made with an eye to good stories, variety of setting, style, genre and range.
The Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature
Featuring 242 short biographies and 150 articles as well as cross references, this volume functions as an excellent overview of writers, writing, trends and characters in the field of African American literature.
The Origins of African American Literature, 1680-1865
A scholarly work that explores early African American literature in historical context including oral traditions, politics, and cultural conventions.
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